Warner baits McCullum and NZ fans

10:04 am on 25 February 2015

The Australian opening batsman David Warner says the scalp of counterpart Brendon McCullum will be one of the keys to winning Saturday's Cricket World Cup match at Eden Park and he's confident the Aussie bowlers can get the better of the Black Caps skipper.

David Warner

David Warner Photo: Photosport

McCullum has been a driving factor in the Black Caps recent resurgence, scoring the fastest World Cup fifty in their win over England last Friday.

Warner says they just have to bowl well to him.

"I think a lot of people have seen in the last 10 years how Brendon McCullum can bat.

"You know it's not by fluke or by chance that he's come out and scored the runs he has, he's had a great last 12 months, but at the end of the day he's just one player," Warner said.

"I won't give advice to the bowlers, they should know what line and length to bowl to McCullum, but if he nicks them we've got to catch them.

"If they bowl the right line and lengths we'll get him out."

"We've got to back our strengths, if we bowl well to him, we'll create the pressure and he'll have a brain explosion," said Warner.

The fiery Australian opener is also not only expecting a frosty reception at a sold-out Eden Park, he's relishing it.

"I hope they come out and boo us and give us crap like they always do," he said.

"That's what's going to happen, we love it, it gets us up and going, gets the adrenaline going for sure.

"I love it. You get some obscure swear words and a couple of things thrown at you, but that's what you expect when you come here."

"It's happened before. It's probably going to happen again. But I embrace it. They can give it to me as much as they want. I'll just get it on board and let my bat do the talking." Warner said.

Captain Michael Clarke is expected to replace George Bailey in the Australian team on Saturday.

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