Adelaide: Australia's Shane Warne said on Monday he was looking forward to playing alongside long-time antagonist Graeme Smith when the Indian Premier League starts in April.
The pair have a history of antipathy stretching back to 2002 when South African captain Smith detailed the earthy sledging he received on his Test debut against Australia.
Retired champion leg-spinner Warne admits his first thoughts on hearing he would play alongside Smith for Jaipur were not printable.
But he said he has had a few days since the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction to reflect on the circumstances of getting to know Smith in a team environment when the Twenty20 tournament starts on April 18.
"I won't tell you what my first impression was," Warne told reporters here Monday.
"When you play against people and you're both playing for your country you might not see eye to eye, and I haven't seen eye to eye with Graeme about a lot of things," he said.
"When we played against him we didn't need to say anything, he just kept doing the talking and we kept winning, so that did our talking for us.
"In a funny sort of way I'm actually looking forward to it, so it'll be interesting to see how he ticks and hopefully he can help me out with a few of the younger players in the side.
"It's a unique experience for myself to play alongside guys like Graeme, we're playing together in the same side where we haven't got along well over the years but hopefully we might get along as teammates."
Smith said last week that he was also looking forward to playing with Warne.
"I will be sharing the same team as Shane Warne. It will be a unique challenge as we have been competitive against each other in the past and now we will be teammates," he said.
"It is a good concept and we are looking forward to it as players."
Warne said the International Cricket Council must find a way to allow a window in the international playing calendar for the IPL each year.
"You've got to embrace it and say this is here to stay, this is the future whether you like it or not, it's big money for all of the players," he said.
"Let's work around it, but as long as the priority is to play for your country and state."
He said that if players were to put themselves forward for such events as the IPL they could not complain about tours being too long. But he said there was "a difference between three Tests and seven one-dayers and a few Twenty20 games."