Australia's only fears in Hyderabad where they take on upbeat India in second Test from Saturday are only restricted to the field of play. At least going what their attacking opening batsman David Warner says.
Warner was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as feeling “totally safe” in the city despite the recent bombings that killed 15 and injuring more than 100 people. Obviously, the Australians are satisfied with the kind of security they have been provided.
All set: Australia’s David Warner. Pic/Getty images
“Roads from the hotel where the Australian and Indian teams are both staying were cleared on Thursday for the visitors’ bus to make the 30-minute journey to the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium and 2000 security personnel — including five platoons of the armed forces and more than 1400 police — have been deployed in the city,” the newspaper said. “I feel totally safe any time I come to India, with the security that we’ve got and the stuff that’s in place. I think they didn’t really want anyone on the roads to and from the ground but that’s virtually impossible with 10 million people living in Hyderabad.
“The stuff that’s going on is out of our control is what it is. It’s what happens sometimes in these places and you’ve just got to deal with it,” said Warner.
Doing our job
“Obviously it’s not ideal to come here in these situations and seeing people being injured and killed is disappointing and very sad but in hindsight I don’t think they had another venue to play at,”' Warner told Sky Sports Radio. “We’re here to play cricket, that’s our job and we’ve just got to get on with it,” he added.
Warner, who will look forward to playing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium again, a venue where he was part of New South Wales’ T20 Champions League-winning team in 2009 alongwith Phil Hughes and Moises Henriques, suffered a stomach bug in Chennai. He revealed: “I took the Peter Siddle vegetarian noodle advice. He told me to try a bit and it was the hottest thing I had tried in my life. Now I totally regret it because I don’t do too well with spices.”