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David Warner will find it difficult to hold back the emotions in the fourth TestReuters

When the players walk out onto the field where one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the sport transpired exactly six weeks ago Tuesday, there will be that inner fight – especially for Australia – that battle to try and push through the emotions and concentrate on the job at hand.

India might not be as affected by the Sydney Cricket Ground venue, but for all of the Australia players, especially the ones who were on the field when Phil Hughes was struck down by a bouncer, it will take some serious mental toughness to power through.

"It's not [going to be] all right," said David Warner, who was right there on the pitch when Hughes fell down. "At the moment, not just me but for the guys who were here as well, I can see the guys are putting on a brave face at the moment

"It really comes down to that national anthem and walking out there. We can come out here for training today and yesterday was okay but I was just standing out there just before talking to a friend of mine and just talking about the incident and know where I was fielding and now every time I go out there to field it's going to be in the back of my mind, whoever we're playing.

"It always is going to be in the back of my mind, no matter what, every time I come here, every time I walk out on the field. Every time I've got nothing on my mind, I'm going to be thinking about it."

Warner admitted he and the rest of the Australia players will know if they can cope only once the match begins. "This Test, I honestly can't tell you until I go out there," added the left-hander. "I know when I walk out there and go to face up at that Randwick End, I know I'm going to be looking down at that spot.

"It's going to be tough but I've got to hold back the emotions and try to do what I do for the team ... score runs."

Warner looked like he did pretty well in the first Test in Adelaide, though, scoring bucketloads of runs – a century in both innings – but the opener revealed he only barely managed to keep his head above water, especially in the first few overs of the match, when that horrible moment kept getting replayed in his mind.

"The first Test, not much was going through my head actually," he said. "The first couple of training sessions I was nowhere and I didn't really feel like I was moving my feet, just because in the forefront of my mind playing that incident over and over again.

"When you look back on social media, I could see those images of the guys holding him when we were down in that crouch position. It was that image that kept on replaying in my head.

"I managed to get over it after the first couple of overs. I was playing on adrenalin. I know sometimes that's the way I play but I didn't anticipate to play like that. It was just all instinct and I think that actually calmed me down in a way."

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