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David Warner’s comments on Jonathan Trott out of order,crossed line: Steve Waugh

Trott had a difficult time playing Johnson and was dismissed for 10 and nine in the first Test.

Written by Associated Press | Sydney | Published: November 30, 2013 2:51:18 am

Former Australia Test captain Steve Waugh says cricketer David Warner’s comments about England batsman Jonathan Trott were “out of order” and had crossed the line.

Trott made a shock departure from the Ashes tour earlier this week after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed that he was suffering from a stress-related illness.

Australia’s Warner has attracted criticism for comments he made during the first Brisbane Test in which he described Trott as “poor and weak”.

Trott had a difficult time playing tearaway Australia speedster Mitchell Johnson and was dismissed for 10 and nine in the first Test.

Waugh,who was regarded as a hard-bitten and competitive Test captain,was critical of Warner’s comments made at a post-stumps media conference during the Brisbane Test,which Australia won by 381 runs.

“I think Dave Warner’s comments were out of order. I don’t believe you should comment on someone else personally on the opposition,” Waugh said on the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust website.

“He can make a generic comment,but I think when you get personal like that,you cross the line on how players treat each other,and the respect they should have.

“So I didn’t agree with Dave’s comments,having said that,he probably did smell a bit of fear in the England opposition players.

“Unfortunately for Jonathan Trott,it was a personal issue,and you don’t want to keep going on about that.

“You just want him to get better and get well. So I think that hopefully has been put behind in that last Test match,and won’t be brought up again,” he said.

Waugh added that Australia probably needed to be a little cleverer in how they went about things.

“They’re playing well,so they don’t need to do so much talking out there now,” he said. The Ashes series resumes in the second Test,beginning in Adelaide next Thursday.

No let up: Lehmann

Coach Darren Lehmann however said there will be no let-up as Australia continues its aggressive in-your-face cricket against England in the current Ashes Test series.

Amid the rancour over a spiteful opening Test in Brisbane which Australia won by 381 runs last weekend,Lehmann said he wants to take Australian cricket back to the golden eras of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson,the Chappells and Steve Waugh.

Lehmann said the playing days of strong-willed Australian characters,Merv Hughes,Rod Marsh and Allan Border were defined by a good hard brand of cricket.

“We want to play within the rules but we will play aggressive,in-your-face cricket which was a trademark of those eras,” Lehmann said,writing in News Limited newspapers.

“When Australian teams are performing at their best they are playing right on the edge as we were in Brisbane. That is the Aussie way,” he had written in his article.

Australia captain Michael Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council after warning England’s James Anderson to expect a broken arm.

The final day of the first Test boiled over with constant “sledging” (insults) and plenty of finger pointing. Lehmann gave no indication that his Australia team would be backing off from their fiercely-fought cricket at the Gabba,where firebrand paceman Mitchell Johnson was man-of-the-match with match figures of nine wickets for 103.

Siddle promises more

Australia paceman Peter Siddle gave short shrift to the idea of Trott being a taboo topic,suggesting anything was fair game in the heat of battle.

“Another thing there is it’s a battle out on the field and we’ll go about it how we think it will work,” Siddle told reporters on Friday. “We’ll just keep playing hard cricket. We’ll keep putting the pressure on them. We’ll keep going from there,” he said.

“It’s disappointing for him to be going home,I wish him all the best,but we’re going out there trying to win test matches and however we do that we’ll play hard,aggressive cricket and hopefully get the win at the end of the day.”

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