Cricket: 'It's war' - David Warner driven by hatred ahead of Ashes series

Australian cricketer David Warner plays a shot during the fifth one-day international cricket match against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Oct 1, 2017.
Australian cricketer David Warner plays a shot during the fifth one-day international cricket match against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Oct 1, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian batsman David Warner says playing England is "war" and he plans to work up "hatred" for the tourists for extra motivation during the upcoming Ashes series.

During the first Test in Brisbane in 2013, he famously said England had "scared eyes" when facing Australia's pace attack and he is firing similar salvoes ahead of their arrival later in October.

"The history, the pride that is at stake. As soon as you step on that line it's war," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation late on Sunday (Oct 15), when asked what the Ashes meant to him.

"You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition's eye and work out how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him.

"You've got to find that spark in yourself to really take it to the opposition. You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to get some sort of hatred about them."

Australia's arch cricketing enemy, already reeling from a nightclub scandal involving star all-rounder Ben Stokes, face a hostile reception, with the pre-series talk starting to ratchet up.

Former captain Steve Waugh turned the screws last week, saying England cannot win without Stokes, whose position is in question after he was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

And fast bowler Mitchell Starc said if Stokes does make the trip he will be targeted, urging Australian fans "get stuck into" him.

Starc has also warned England to expect a repeat of the carnage of four years ago when Australia, fired by the fearsome pace of Mitchell Johnson, won 5-0.