Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 3rd day November 23, 2013

Trott dismissal 'pretty weak' - Warner


David Warner claimed he saw fear in Jonathan Trott's eyes after England's No. 3 completed a wretched first Ashes Test at the Gabba by flicking Mitchell Johnson to deep square leg.

The dismissal ended a stay in which Trott looked completely lost for a response to Johnson's pace and bounce, compounding the weakness that had first been spotted during the ODI series in England that followed the previous Ashes series.

England are now facing a heavy defeat in the first match of the return bout in Brisbane and Warner had no hesitation in declaring that England's batsmen had "scared eyes", epitomised by Trott's "weak" response to the short-pitched challenge of Johnson.

"Our bowlers are bowling fast at the moment, England are on the back foot and it does look like they've got scared eyes," Warner said. "The way Trotty got out today was pretty poor and pretty weak, obviously there's a weakness there at the moment and we're probably on top of it."

He also contended that Trott needed to work on his verbals after a day on which several English and Australian players exchanged words.

"I think he's got to get new sledges as well because it's not working for him at the moment. Yeah he's worked hard in the nets on the short ball, we've seen him, but facing a 150kph short ball from Mitchell Johnson, the way to go is probably not trying to back away."

Warner, who made his own major contribution to Australia's cause with his first Ashes century alongside the captain Michael Clarke, said Australia had made significant psychological strides in their bid to regain the Urn after two days of near total domination of the tourists.

"Obviously getting a one-nil lead in a five-Test series is going to be massive for us," Warner said. "If Tests were back-to-back it would be quite tough on the English bowlers to try and back up but they've got a good break after this. Hopefully we can take the eight wickets tomorrow and go on from there."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on November 26, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Every team sledges........ Build a bridge ....... And get over it! !!!!!!!

  • Graham on November 26, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Venkat_Gowrishankar - The same place as Indias aggression when they were whipped 4-0 over here. THe team in front is always going to look more aggressive as for one they have more wickets to celebrate, and are in a much happier mood.

  • Venkat on November 25, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    I cant stop laughing, where were was all this agression when Australia got drubbed 4-0 in India. Aggression is seasonal stuff I guess. Good players speak less, Legends of the game rarely talk - Brian Lara, Tendulkar, Sobers and they all have a reason for it. They dont believe in petty things like what warner believes in.

  • Ben on November 25, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    On the field aggression is good for the fans. Off the field, no, Warner... it was not right on your part to have said this. Warner should repair the damage.

  • Martin on November 25, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Perhaps Mr Warner would be well advised to confine his contributions to on- field matters as his off field activities seem only to diminish our enjoyment of the former due to our disappointment at the latter.

  • Rolf on November 25, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Please let your cricket do the talking Mr Warner.

  • Dummy4 on November 25, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    says he with 4 centuries. what a hero!

  • indian cric on November 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    They were "stressed eyes" after all.

  • Stephen on November 25, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Breaking news here in the UK: Trott is going home due to 'long term stress related illness' saw this on the Guardian paper about 2 minutes ago.

  • Sandeep on November 25, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Why cant AUS keep the mouth shut and do the job.They always do this.One or another start giving comments and the mind game begins.Hope Eng will come back strongly next test and show the current AUS team where they stand and belongs.Warner should concentrate on his batting instead of giving comments about other players. He is not even half good for test match and start barking now after one hundred.

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