Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day November 24, 2013

Cook condemns "disrespectful" Warner

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England's captain, Alastair Cook, has condemned David Warner's off-field implication that Jonathan Trott was afraid of the pace of Mitchell Johnson as "disrespectful" as Australia faced a barrage of post-match questions about their aggressive approach at the Gabba.

Australia's overwhelming victory was completed in a heated finale which necessitated the intervention of the umpires to calm things down with England's last pair at the crease. The stump mic picked up Australia's captain, Michael Clarke, telling James Anderson that he was about to have his arm broken, while George Bailey chimed in that Anderson was about to break his hand.

Clarke insisted that "mutual respect" between the teams remained off the field and that the sledging was nothing out of the ordinary, just good, tough cricket. "I cop as much as I give," Clarke said. "I have had a lot worse. There is not one person in the England team that we have a personal vendetta against.

"There is always banter on the field, especially when Australia and England are playing one another. They are two teams that always play tough, hard-fought cricket. There's plenty on the field that you don't hear on stump mic that's meant to stay on the field. Through my career I've heard a lot worse said on the field than any of the Australian players or England players said throughout this Test match.

"You don't get to No. 1 in the world like they have done without playing successful cricket over a long period of time. The respect is certainly there, the banter is no different to what I've experienced over my career. We all respect the game, the traditions and the history of the game, and Australia versus England has always been competitive no matter which team's won."

Cook suggested that back-to-back Ashes series made a rise in tensions almost inevitable, and shrugged it off, but his criticism of Warner's off-the-field remarks, although brief, was pointed and emphasised England's annoyance that Australia's verbal assaults are extending to public slights.

Warner, England's most pugnacious verbal adversary, claimed England's batsmen had "scared eyes", suggested Trott was "backing away" from the bowling of Mitchell Johnson and that his second innings dismissal was "was pretty poor and pretty weak".

That left England waiting to see if the ICC would impose its own regulations. Under the ICC's Code of Conduct (sections 2.1.7 and 2.2.3) players are not allowed to make any "public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in any international match, irrespective of when such criticism or inappropriate comment is made."

While Warner's views might be seen as something to shrug off in most contexts, the rules of the Code of Conduct are uncompromising. They make it clear that "without limitation" players are not allowed to "publicly criticise" or "denigrate" a "player or team against which they have played in relation to incidents which occurred in an international match."

Cook was far more sanguine about the on-field exchanges. "On the pitch it's pretty much a war," he said. "There are always going to be a few words. That's the way people want to watch cricket being played: tough, hard cricket. On the pitch is fine."

The decision whether to charge Warner is in the hands of match referee Jeff Crowe. There is a widespread belief in the England camp about what they believe is a campaign of mental disintegration waged largely through the media and they clearly feel the boundaries of acceptable conduct have been stretched.

The newspaper campaign also continues unabated as Australia sense that their worst days might be behind them. After a few days of derogatory stories aimed at England's players which included calling Stuart Broad a cheat and Kevin Pietersen arrogant and unpopular, one Australian Sunday tabloid even had the audacity to suggest that their teams' wives and girlfriends were "hotter" than their counterparts.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Chris_P on November 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    @strokemaker11 Answer to your question. I have seen both Lara & Richards sledge, Richards even inviting both Border & Rixon behind the change rooms after the days play. Tendulkar no, but he never shook hands with the opposition after losing, so you go figure that one out. Please don't insult our culture, Australians have won on the sporting field in nearly all events including Gold medals in summer AND winter Olympics. We have a history of sporting success, & you don't do that with your mouth.

  • Shaggy076 on November 26, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Cook, Can you please explain how this is different to Anderson recently released book, sledging the Australian captain? If Warner is disrespectable do you consider Anderson disrespectful as well?

  • on November 26, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Warner is right, there is nothing bad about it. We do see fears in the eyes of many batsmen/bowlers when things are not going well for them.

    If you can't hide your emotions like MSD in the past you are going to get caught on camera.

  • zain29 on November 26, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Having grown up in the Lillee, Roberts,Thomson era, I find there is absolutely nothing wrong with what Warner said. What he said was evident to everybody who was watching the game. Test cricket is serious business, and aggression is a very important part of it.

  • strokemaker11 on November 26, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @Chris_P: Australians are the ones who start sledging. Have you ever seen Brian lara, Tendulkar, Richards sledging? - Australian cricketers lack sportsman spirit and try to overcome their weaknesses only by sledging and these days young Indian brigade have started giving it back. Why does everyone have problem with Watson and Warner? - Watson had problem with Pollard in IPL and with Dhawan in ODI series.

  • becham100 on November 26, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    I know KP is going to pull out a brilliant six hitting hundred from his bag and Mitch "wayward" Johnson is going to live up to his reputation. Let's hope both of these happen in the next test

  • Chris_P on November 26, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    @Sabyasachi Sahu. Huh? Watson was injured, who mocks injured or ill people? No double standards at all. I just hope Dhawan doesn't whine or cry when his turn comes.. that is if he is able enough to face the expected pace barrage. We'll see how reacts then, old chap, I would suggest, given his team mates efforts last time, not too well .

  • CricketLifer on November 26, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Why is Cricket afraid of stopping sledging? It is unbelievable that after incident after incident there is still no stopping of this bullying practice. No other sport would allow such insulting, concentration breaking and completely indefensible practice. In other sports, there are immediate penalties, ejections and bans that can stretch from a few games to careers. This can surely not be described as Gentleman's game! What a shame!

  • Macker60 on November 26, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    Talk about calling the kettle black. I have some old copies of the English papers sent to me Australia media and Cricketer are Tame in compassion, Why is it that Australian always cop the rubbish for sledging when we win and England who are pretty good at don't. By the Way did anyone hear what the Barmy Army was saying to the Aussies.

  • ZenaBub on November 25, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    @ShutTheGate Obviously setting up a panel to decide who can sledge and who can't is not what I meant.

    My point was that a cricketer in his first test and another who was almost dropped for off feild discipline problems should probably watch what they say in terms of their performance.

  • Chris_P on November 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    @strokemaker11 Answer to your question. I have seen both Lara & Richards sledge, Richards even inviting both Border & Rixon behind the change rooms after the days play. Tendulkar no, but he never shook hands with the opposition after losing, so you go figure that one out. Please don't insult our culture, Australians have won on the sporting field in nearly all events including Gold medals in summer AND winter Olympics. We have a history of sporting success, & you don't do that with your mouth.

  • Shaggy076 on November 26, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Cook, Can you please explain how this is different to Anderson recently released book, sledging the Australian captain? If Warner is disrespectable do you consider Anderson disrespectful as well?

  • on November 26, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Warner is right, there is nothing bad about it. We do see fears in the eyes of many batsmen/bowlers when things are not going well for them.

    If you can't hide your emotions like MSD in the past you are going to get caught on camera.

  • zain29 on November 26, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Having grown up in the Lillee, Roberts,Thomson era, I find there is absolutely nothing wrong with what Warner said. What he said was evident to everybody who was watching the game. Test cricket is serious business, and aggression is a very important part of it.

  • strokemaker11 on November 26, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @Chris_P: Australians are the ones who start sledging. Have you ever seen Brian lara, Tendulkar, Richards sledging? - Australian cricketers lack sportsman spirit and try to overcome their weaknesses only by sledging and these days young Indian brigade have started giving it back. Why does everyone have problem with Watson and Warner? - Watson had problem with Pollard in IPL and with Dhawan in ODI series.

  • becham100 on November 26, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    I know KP is going to pull out a brilliant six hitting hundred from his bag and Mitch "wayward" Johnson is going to live up to his reputation. Let's hope both of these happen in the next test

  • Chris_P on November 26, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    @Sabyasachi Sahu. Huh? Watson was injured, who mocks injured or ill people? No double standards at all. I just hope Dhawan doesn't whine or cry when his turn comes.. that is if he is able enough to face the expected pace barrage. We'll see how reacts then, old chap, I would suggest, given his team mates efforts last time, not too well .

  • CricketLifer on November 26, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Why is Cricket afraid of stopping sledging? It is unbelievable that after incident after incident there is still no stopping of this bullying practice. No other sport would allow such insulting, concentration breaking and completely indefensible practice. In other sports, there are immediate penalties, ejections and bans that can stretch from a few games to careers. This can surely not be described as Gentleman's game! What a shame!

  • Macker60 on November 26, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    Talk about calling the kettle black. I have some old copies of the English papers sent to me Australia media and Cricketer are Tame in compassion, Why is it that Australian always cop the rubbish for sledging when we win and England who are pretty good at don't. By the Way did anyone hear what the Barmy Army was saying to the Aussies.

  • ZenaBub on November 25, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    @ShutTheGate Obviously setting up a panel to decide who can sledge and who can't is not what I meant.

    My point was that a cricketer in his first test and another who was almost dropped for off feild discipline problems should probably watch what they say in terms of their performance.

  • on November 25, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I dont know much about depression so i wont comment on it. But what Warner said was completely unintentional, im sure if he knew about Trott's condition than i am sure he wouldnt have said anything like this. I think Warner is trying to say that an international quality batsman should be able to handle any pace especially the English lads who play fast bowling regularly in the domestic scene. I see his comment more as a constructive criticism rather than it being rude!

  • icemankimi on November 25, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    England have really played badly in this test. They should look at their way of playing the short deliveries. And I hope they come with a positive plan to play the deliveries rather than just hoick at everything. As far as the australian behaviour is concerned, everyone knows what they are and how they behave. So, its just a waste of time speaking about that. CA might have disciplined their players in some other series but they won't do on this one, since its the "Ashes". Its not Trott but its Warner who needs a mental conditioning on how to behave ON and OFF the field. But as far as the game is concerned well played Aussies and England need to step it up in Adelaide.

  • on November 25, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    David Warner needs to sort out his infield outfield behavior. AGREED. But why do we keep forgetting the LITTLE FUN incident on the pitch by English players. was that acceptable behavior by any stretch of imagination. I personally feel its a little unfair to Clarke at least for his spat with Anderson. these incidents are part and parcel of the game. English players did all of this during the last ashes.so pls move on England and respond to Australia by coming hard at them in the second test.

  • disney12 on November 25, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    David Warner is a disgrace on and off the field - it's amazing how he continues to get away with so many incidents just because he is talented - a very poor example to young cricketers watching, and a good reason not to watch Australia play - perhaps some day CA will have the balls to actually discipline their players properly and insist that you be a good example when you represent your country, ie, not behaving like a common thug with words and deeds. Sadly, though, nothing will be done, under the guise of 'good, hard on the field test cricket' and a new generation of Aussie cricketers will emerge with the same lack of class...

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    It's hilarious doesn't take much for the Aussies to start chirping, don't get me wrong they hammered us at the Gabba but they quickly forget the last 3 Ashes series and last years tour of India. The truth is neither of these sides are v. good at the moment, Australia's batting is still being propped up by the tail and is carrying too many players, whilst England's batting has deteriorated quickly over the last year, Ian Bell aside, the form in the last ashes was pretty worrying.

  • on November 25, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    @Marico and Chris_P..speaking of double standards..wasnt there a furore over how Shikhar Dhawan mocked Watson..it was plain condemnable to me as an Indian fan..and still some Australians find a way to justify what Warner and Clarke did..No wonder Cribbing is your favorite sport

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Well, who is Cook to condemn an opposing player? Understand it if it is a player of his own team . A few harsh words for this spiritless show from his team should be the right thing he should do rather than point fingers at opposing players. Pls pub.

  • on November 25, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    As an England fan it's fair to see England were PATHETIC in the batting department in the last test. Not just Trott. I didn't see much hopping around. Ducking - yes - and playing at balls that should be left - yes. The issue as I see it is these guys come from slow Indian pitches through a slow pitch based English summer than out to Oz and have not adjusted to the change in pace. But overall, there can be no real excuses. England played VERY poorly with the bat - Trott was vital 3 years ago and now, sadly, we'll have "Step to leg Bairstow and his cross batted swipes" Why he's on this tour when so many great payers aren't is beyond me.

  • Haleos on November 25, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    I really dont care what the players do with each other off the field. But on the field the whole world is watching. Its a disgrace. All the teams do it but the level at what the Oz do is worst.

  • himanshu.team on November 25, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    KP replied to Kohli's tweet last time round stating, "Welcome to Australia mate!" I guess it is the same every time. Aussies firmly believe that sledging, even abusing or cursing opponents, is a part of cricket and is 'fine'. That is why even at their dominant best, they were never really liked or respected by cricket fans outside Australia.

  • ooper_cut on November 25, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    2 of the best days of test cricket happened on the 2nd and fourth day of this test. Mitch & Harris making the Poms to hop and skip like rabbits. Whoever said that only Indians are weak in playing the short ball ? Suresh Raina & Yuvraj Singh would have laughed their guts out watching Trott & Co. Lol.

  • MOHIT_THAKUR on November 25, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Enough reasons for you Cook to get back to the Australian side in the 2nd test

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 25, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Scummy actions from a feral player. You can tell Clarke hasn't won a game of cricket in a very long time by the way he soured the end of a good game. What'll make him angrier still is that this is the only match he'll win all series, so he can only get angrier from this point on.

  • Thegimp on November 25, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    This is classic deflection.....England are glaringly exposed against fast hostile bowling and what does Cook do? He deflects the questions that should be asked of the English batting line up with this red herring, and the press falls for it hook line and sinker.

    Let's get the commentary back onto the real issues, back on the game eh?

  • GrindAR on November 25, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @TheShoot: Most of the things are right. To gather momentum on off-field banters... nobody else is a perfect choice... Country is not hanging the coat on him... rather using him... Truely, Aussie in Aussie, he is the best single figure who can turn the things on its head for his team. In the first outing MJ did that job pretty well. Happy to see him shaping up well in all fronts. We can pretty much say, Gabba win is 100% on MJ. That sums up Warner is a momentum builder off-field... eng are good in bouncing back... but this time around... it is not going to happen at all. Aussie setup now is in mood to go for kill, not to be defensive. I am seeing a record off-field dramas during this Ashes.

  • GrindAR on November 25, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    I do not support Aus or eng as they both are equally worst in sledging. So, its time for payback and receiving their dues.... Anyways, it is sad to see Aus is getting into worst old habits... As long as they keep it to eng alone... they serve good to other visiting teams... else, it will be 90's and 2000's where sledging played more into the results than actual substance called Cricket.

  • on November 25, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    isn't that what the media and critics are saying. So why is it different when a player says the same thing. Cook should do what he always do - ignore the critics (even though they can be opposition players) and shine with the bat.

  • TheShoot on November 25, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    From what I see England and Cook has no problems what happens on the pitch. Australia are basking in their victory...yes. One swallow doesn't make a summer though. If there is one thing this game teaches us, it's don't shoot your mouth off because you never know what is around the corner. Australia must be very carefull because Davy Warner are becoming their posterboy. Is this really the type of character a nation wants to hang its coat on. At the moment when I think Oz...I see and hear Warner...as a South African I would not like that bloke to be the image of my country and team...they should be very carefull. Most things in life come at a cost....

  • Chris_P on November 25, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @George Koen, Yep, especially when we give it back, lad.

  • crikkfan on November 25, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    what goes around comes around. no teams are saints here - eng has dished out far worse and is getting a taste of it as well. as far as oz, well - it is no surprise - their brand of cricket has always involved playing hard + sledging. one can argue with no end on what sledging has to do with cricket but unfortunately it is. one may argue we tend to admire and appreciate players who performed at the highest level without having the need to do so like the SRTs, Dravids, Vettoris, Ambroses, etc

  • Marcio on November 25, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Warner said little more than that Trott has a weakness to the short ball. He didn't call him "weak". Go and read what he actually said.

    All this is pretty lame from the English after the pasting English crowds, tabloids and Barmy Army give Australia. The difference is that Australia takes it on the chin. Take Johnson, for example, target of endless jibes from the English. But now that he is in their faces, & they are getting a hard time from Aussie crowds & one or two local tabloids, they cant hack it! I have to say I'm shocked. e.g. Anderson mocked Clarke & wrote that he whacked him with a pad, & that he didn't like him. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, it seems some English folks are outraged. Just sad double standards all round. Let's face it. The real issue here is that they are just totally spooked after being humiliated & brutalised on the field - something they just didn't see coming thanks to buying their own media propaganda.

  • Square-Driver15 on November 25, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Speaking as a non-australian fan, I actually like seeing this side of Australia. A confident, brash, and imposing side, not afraid to get in the face of their opponents with their new found form. Of course, if their form does deteriorate, since this was just one match, then all this boasting, bossiness, and confidence will quickly drain away, and Australia will be at the mercy of England.

  • cricketfanwrites on November 25, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Both teams should calm down and play cricket. Aus is the team that has to win the series to get back 'The Ashes'. Hope we do not see a let down by the Aussies or worst yet a 2-1 victory for the visitors. Play ball gentlemen. Oh wait - these are not gentlemen.

  • on November 25, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Cricket to me will always be a gentleman's game. Why cant both teams shut the heck up and play to the best of their ability, I don't understand !!!

  • on November 25, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Aussie arrogant, detestable. Always have been!

  • dalboy12 on November 25, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    I'm completely old fashioned and probably on my own on this - but hey my opinion on sledging is that the person sledging is basically saying "I'm not good enough to get you out or dominate you with my cricket skills alone - so I'm going to try and use things other than cricket and get to you that way" --- it basically saying you're better than me at cricket in these conditions. The very best cricketers shouldn't need to sledge --- a five wicket bag or a dominating hundred and most of all a victory is really all that ever needs to be said.

  • ruester on November 25, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Not sure England are whining about sledging Cricfan78. What goes on the on the field has not been complained about once by the English players. What Warner said was a little out of order in a press conference, but then Warner is hardly a good model professional. Talking of soft dismissals, his was pretty soft in the first innings also.

  • RamhanceRampersaud on November 25, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    I am not a fan of Aussie cricket, even though I admire their fighting style. I live in America and saw the entire match. I watch the Aussies simply because I learn a lot from them. I liked how the Aussie camp plan and execute strategies. These guys are very smart when it comes to strategy. Warners comment was well calculated to get into the heart of the Englands camp. Brilliant move by the psychologist to force Trott and the Englisg camp to ponder something they have not thought about, regarding Trott's falibility. I have learnt a lot watching and observing Pup and his team. I wish the Windies would take a page out of Clarke's book.

  • ashes00 on November 25, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Are you kidding me oscoli67? Cooks condemnation and referral to ICC are pathetic - attempting to put Warner off his game by trumping things up. Warner said what everyone was thinking : after losing 6-9 to short pitched fast bowling, you bet England had fear in their eyes, and Trott's shots were weak and poor judgement.

  • yoogi on November 25, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Was trott any better at the crease on that day. Whats wrong with saying Raina has short ball issues and he couldnt cope with that or Trott fears those short balls from Jhonson, all the same except that some english/iringlish pride was hurt?

  • on November 25, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Wonder what Shane Warne, who said England were arrogant when they retained the Ashes last summer, have to say about this over arrogant behaviour of his best mate M Clarke. Sledging is fine by me, I've copped a few in my playing career in lower synthetic grades in Melbourne however there's a distinct difference between feral and classy behaviour. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. That's probably why everyone absolutely loved SRT.

  • GRVJPR on November 25, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    I will again say - Warner stated the truth, but some sweet coating was needed. Everyone knows how press in england and australia work.

  • GRVJPR on November 25, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    @gsingh7, I don't think making funny statements at the press conference makes anyone brave.

  • GRVJPR on November 25, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    The homework that Micky Authur gave to Warner and Watson in India hasn't seem to work. But england are no saints, they didn't hesitate to speak out the words when they were on top (although by chance) for few days.

  • CricFan78 on November 25, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Its funny to see English whinging about sledging when likes of Anderson, Broad, Swann etc. dish out whenever they like. Seems like they cant cop it though ... sad

  • on November 25, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Not surprising to hear Warner. Didn't he try to punch Joe Root in a nightclub too? You can't exactly blame the Australians - they are so used to being at the pinnacle of cricket that being consigned to an extended period of being stomped upon and even beaten by the lesser nations in games would indeed make them rather venomous.

    Enjoyed watching Michael Clarke lose the plot and tell James Anderson to prepare to have his arm broken'? Clarke then said he has the utmost respect for the English team and that whatever is said on the field is just banter. His words sounded suspiciously like a physical threat of harm haha. Oh Clarke. His legs are tired from trying to lift the shoes left for him by Waugh and Ponting.

  • sudhir98 on November 25, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Everybody has tough time with short and fast bowling. In current form, Johnson is a beast. But what I don't understand is only subcontinent players should be ashamed of this others apparently get "denigrated" upon hearing this stuff. ROFL

  • fairdinkum on November 25, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    All of this stuff is grist for the mill. I like the Australian team aggressive and bogan. What I don't like is the disingenuousness of complaining about the other side when your side is just as guilty. India specialise in this attitude. I hope the Poms do not.

  • NeoTheNuke on November 25, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Seriously all of ya before screaming at Aussies just think how Aussies were insulted when they were playing poor and with lot of management issues. They just took it and now they are giving back. Now you all whine.

  • on November 25, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    I have no problem with words being exchanged on the pitch, when kept in reasonable limits I believe a bit of venom between the teams adds to the spectacle.

    However, when the players take it off pitch into the press conferences I consider that a line is crossed.

    We had the ridiculous situation of Faulkner on Debut last Ashes series mocking Cook's captain style in a press conference.

    Seeing Warner doing the same when discussing Trott is completely disrespectful. Especially considering that Trott has achieved so much more in his career

  • it_happened_last_in_2001. on November 25, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    I think Cook is pretty much spot on. What is said on the field is one thing, Warner openly sledging in the press conference after play has stopped for the day is inviting trouble. A comparison of Warner's and Trott's test batting averages would suggest that the day will come pretty soon where Warner gets a low score and Trott a high one. Will little Davey burst into the press conference announcing how "pretty poor and pretty weak" his own batting was? Unlikely I'd say. For someone who can't even average in the 40's in tests he's got a lot to say for himself - seems to be the rule rather than the exception these days. The contributors that are defending Warner need to remember that they have done just that next time the English press and Barmy Army ridicule and humiliate him ... it's only a matter of time Davey !!

  • Eight8 on November 25, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    A bit of a storm in a tea cup really. There is so much sledging that goes on every match. This just makes news as it was caught on the stump mic and was at the crescendo of the game. Saw plenty of footage of Anderson and Broad mouthing off during the game (no volume) whilst they were bowling so both teams do it.

    Could have done without Warner's comments in the press conference though. Just keep them to yourself Dave! No need to give the English more incentive to steep themselves whilst they are down. Just let the on field actions do the speaking instead and keep making runs yourself!

  • doubtingthomas on November 25, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Had this been any South Asian team throwing verbal volleys, you'd see all those self righteous cricket columnists sermonizing about how cricket in South Asia is a discredit to the game. Australia have long since been given a lenient treatment as far as disrespecting opponents is concerned. They themselves do not refrain from crying hoarse when at the receiving end, be there 'legends' or current pedestrian team. It's high time sledging should be dealt with an iron hand and all such un-sportsmanlinke conduct be given proper treatment.

  • on November 25, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    Dear Mr. Cook - Stuart Broad caught at 1st slip - umpire making an error - Broad stays back knowing he was out is it respectful for an Englishman. Do not talk rubbish - it is so understood that Trott was very weak from the time he came to the wicket. Correct your guy and face the balance music - Warner has given you a point to work on. Take it seriously young man otherwise you Cook will spoil the soup again.

  • on November 25, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    "Alastair Cook comments are very true",…David Warner says he is a changed man,I don't see any change in him at all,still the same ego's going on around,he has to watch his mouth before speaking about others players game, he got so many chances to play in Aussie team & he hardly performed well, with 1 test century in this test doesn't mean that he is a great player, David Warner never had a consistent game, we all know Jonathan Trott is a class player, Warner has to show some respect & has to think before speaking out,I wonder what Darren Lehmann is teaching his team & even the selectors, if the Australian management say Mickey Arthur didn't guide team properly,you are wrong.In what way Darren Lehmann is heading the team now? Even Brad Haddin has to watch his mouth while commenting on M Arthur.The current Aussie team is"Very arrogant and disrespectful",they were never consistent in the test game, went nine consecutive tests without a win.They don't have a right to talk with just 1 win.

  • hawk707 on November 25, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Nothing much to discuss here I guess because its proved again that cricket is no more a gentlemen's game particularly on Ashes.

  • on November 25, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Is it 'unnaceptable sledging' if you're actually right?

  • AidanFX on November 25, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Warner made comments (although legitimate) against the Indians on their last tour here when he claimed they had conceded victory by 'saying wait till you come to our country'. He was right, but silly to tell the press that before Australia had even fully clinched the series (although were very close to it). It also seems very boastful to the public eye. Well he has done it again, before the first Test was won, let alone we still have four Tests remaining. Incidentally on both occasions he did it when he scored a century. Look we want to see personality in the players, and I hate the PC with press conferences where players sound like robots. But that said, a bit of humility would be nice. And seriously can Warner at least wait till the series is won. I know other Australian players are better sportsmen than he is.

  • Thegimp on November 25, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Oh stop being so precious Cook. I find it amazing that whenever England are on the back foot they resort to this strange little private school boy tactic. The big mean Australians are bullying us, they are being disrespectful. Give us a break, Anderson chirps after every delivery, Swann, Bell, Root and Pieterson are at it constantly. If you can't suck it up, go home. Surely there is something in that team cook book that will help toughen you up!!!! A Low Calorie, High Fibre cup of wet cement perhaps????

  • Andrew73 on November 25, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Agree with whoster - sport has a way of rebounding on someone like Warner who shoots from the mouth long before the race is over. I'd like to see them give him a slap on the wrist but it won't make any difference - some blokes you can't fix. The media coverage from the Australian press is something that worries me a lot more, because of the impact it has on the way crowds behave. Apart from being a bit rude as a host couuntry, spectators should be encouraged to support their team, not help knock the opposition. Something like the Courier Mail's "campaign" against Broad in this test makes people feel like it's ok for them to try to influence what happens on the field, and it isn't. We saw someone in the crowd taunting Peiterson on day 1 asking him to sign a bat and then pulling it away.

  • bundybear55 on November 25, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Warner MAY become a good test player in time, but right now his record just doesn't stack up against the likes of Trott, Pietersen, Cook or many of the other test batsmen around the world. The captain and coach need to show some real leadership here & tell him to shut up & focus on his own game otherwise all we're ever going to see from Warner & this team is the odd good performance amongst a bunch of disappointing ones. To get back to the top we need to accept that while cricket is a sport to the majority of us, for the elite cricketers it's a career & to have sustained success in your career you need strong leadership. If Lehman and Clarke can't provide that leadership we need to find someone who will. Message to Boof and Pup - muzzle Warner, stop treating Watson with kid gloves & while you're at it put a precautionary leash on Smith commenting in the press as well - he's a good talent, we don't need him trash talking. Great first up win, lets pull our heads in & focus on Adelaide.

  • on November 25, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    Good to see the Aussies giving it back to England after the verbals they got in England earlier in the year, both on the field from the English players, from the fans, and from the newspapers. A bit rich for Anderson to complain given he is the worst sledger in the English side.

  • BragBoy on November 24, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    You need to show character especially when you succeed. Decimating the opponent's technique and bantering outright in public will not set good example for the young cricketers emerging from Australia. Australia have played aggressive cricket in the past. May be whatever you say on field is fine, but Off-field, players should learn to respect each other. Trott may have been victimized with planned and strategized barrage of short delivers around the stumps but he is a fighter and he will definitely bounce back. It is better to channelize your energy on cricket rather on speeches. I still want Australia to win this Ashes, but win in a respectful and lovable way. Wishing both the teams best of luck.

  • LoungeChairCritic on November 24, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    @frontfootlunge although Clarke is from Sydney's western suburbs I wouldn't call him feral. He his to metro to be feral. The team would of been pretty worked up with Anderson's pre test match interview. Payback is a wonderful thing. Anderson's arrogant interview was straight out of the Glen McGrath textbook. The great thing about the Ashes is that both teams want to win desperately. It is psychological warfare. I loved how the English team peppered Clarke with the short ball in the 1st innings. I loved how Clarke responded in the 2nd innings when Cook arrogantly gave Clarke a single so he would be forced to face Broad. You don't have to be Einstein to figure out that getting into the English faces is a clear strategy. The challenge for the Australians, is that Adelaide, Melbourne and the SCG will be totally different pitches to the GABBA and the WACA. Unlike England and the sub continent, we leave the curating to the curators.

  • Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on November 24, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    All the people on here suggesting that this is a gentleman's game are living with their heads in the sand, These guys are fully grown competitive men things like this are bound to happen, If the ICC fine players for comments like this its no wonder crowds are flocking to other sports, People want to watch hard competitive contests, This is cricket not croquet.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on November 24, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    So what is the big fuss here ? James Anderson is the man who sledged Sachin and Dravid - two of the most humble gentlemen to have ever played the game who have never provoked and bad mouthed on the field. There is NOTHING wrong in laying onto blokes like Anderson. If you give it, better have the guts to take it. Or just go home to your favourite (boring) English pitches.

  • on November 24, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Sledging .......it's in every sport, team or individual. Seems like the spectators are the ones being a bit sensitive. Please, "Build a bridge........... And get over it.!

  • on November 24, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    Embarrassing. Bailey chirping to Anderson is pretty funny, a complete nobody to one of the best in the world. Have to laugh at the Aussies piping up after winning 1 test in 10 and their first Ashes test in 8, they never change.

  • on November 24, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    hahaha the pommies love to play tough and hard until someone plays harder then them then that's just not cricket. They've been giving for a long time now and now they can't take it when the shoe is on the other foot. Go harder boys there just about to crack.

  • on November 24, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    the media must love Warner. He loves to talk a lot of rubbish that fills column inches that's for sureIf Australia cricket were smart they would make him off limits to the media. Also not sure he can back it up, hes had a bit of success lately but form can be fleeting.

  • Ozzz.z on November 24, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    I England won this test Cook would not of said a word, not even a peep would have come from him. Australia are yet to win the Ashes and maybe they wont but Anderson sledges all day out there so when he gets hammered back by the players he should take it back. Anyway Warner Shhh please I dont want the Aussie team to lose now you had your spray.

    Take it on the chin Cook.

  • ShutTheGate on November 24, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    @Zenabub - how could that be possibly implemented? Set up a panel and the player asks them when they have had enough success in their career and whether they can start sledging?

    Does anyone know what Bailey and Anderson where discussing?

    I think this form of ruthless cricket is exactly what Australia needs to adopt. This is how we became world number one back in the 90's and stayed there for over a decade. They are not there to be popular but to be ruthless and to fight until the death. That's what makes it so compelling.

    The English team give it out just as much and why does elite competitive sport need to be classy? It was the England team that had two dressing rooms for their team back in the day - one for the gentlemen and the other for the commoners. Surely the game has matured to where class doesn't matter.

  • JAH123 on November 24, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    I agree that Warner should have kept it on the field but I think we can all acknowledge that the on-field stuff is going both ways. Broad gave Warner a spray after Davey got a fantastic ton - if you're team is doing that sort of stuff then of course you're going to cop it back.

    Clarke was clearly annoyed that Anderson decided to whinge to the umpire about the sledging he received. His reaction might have been a bit over the top but no doubt he got a heap of abuse about his issue with short bowling when he came out to bat, and he keeps it on the field. Besides, I'd rather have a captain that gets a bit too animated than one who has only twoon-field moods - "boring happy" and "boring sad".

  • JeevantRampal on November 24, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    For a team and nation with such a great historical record in the game, Australian cricketers, media and commentators (who, bar Ian Chappell, Richie Benaud, and possibly Warne, pretty much celebrate the teams success instead of analyzing scenarios and commenting) do behave in an extremely insecure, and petulant manner.

  • ZenaBub on November 24, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    A bit of sledging is fine, but not by people like Warner and Bailey (in his first test). Maybe they should have a bit more success and a career behind them before they have earned the right to denigrate others

  • whoster on November 24, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    I don't have any problems with what Clarke and Bailey said to Anderson. Anderson has dished it out himself many times before, and Test cricket is a tough game.

    To be fair to Warner, he was talking soon after the game and was obviously still pumped. Add to that the fact that he's a rather unintelligent fellow, and he's liable to say imflammatory things. What Warner needs to remember is that this is a single Test, and he should also remember that dissing opponents publicly isn't on - even more so when he himself has yet to prove himself in the Test arena. You have to earn the right to be cocky, and he hasn't. Until he starts making big scores when his team is under big pressure - like Trott has, he'd be wise to refrain.

    England should distance themselves from this and concentrate on their own game leading up to Adelaide. England have a habit of coming back strongly from heavy defeats, and Warner should remember that, too.

  • on November 24, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    I think England should be expecting this kind of hostile reception on and off the pitch for Barmy Army's behavior. I cannot believe that Barmy Army's behavior is banter (which silently the English team applauds) but Warner's comments is disrespectful!!! Go to Kolkatta and let Barmy Army make songs about Ganguly and see what happens...

    FYI: He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, now he bowls to the face, to English plight.

  • 200ondebut on November 24, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    A persons true nature is shown in victory rather than defeat. Clarke and Warner are just a couple of cubs - who would be kicking around a trailer park if it wasnt for cricket.

    I think you will all find that the media are making much more of this amateur hour abuse than the England team. If you want to see it done properly look how the Aussies were done up like kippers last summer.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 24, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    He doesn't exactly know how to win gracefully, you can tell he hasn't won in a very long time! With a feral and out of control captain Australia have lowered the bar even further. When England don't gift the match to the opposition next game and do what they've been doing for the last 5 + years then Clarke will be back to square one.

  • kdkulkarni on November 24, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Cricket is a sport, not war! Off course you have to play to win. Mental disintegration is disrespect to your own teams sporting skills! As you unknowingly accept that you have to take help of this tactic to demoralise opposition to win. Let sport be played for sportsmanship not as war.

  • on November 24, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    I'm an England supporter and I'm fine with sledging. End of the day, cricket is a lot about mental grit. If the England cricketers don't have the mental grit needed to dust off a few mean words said about them, then they shouldn't be playing international cricket.

  • SurlyCynic on November 24, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    The whingeing is entirely predictable. The likes of Broad and Anderson love dishing it out but cry like babies when it comes back to them. Going to be a long tour for that little gang.

  • on November 24, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    So an Australian cricket team show a lack of class and respect. Is anyone in the least bit surprised? I believe its happened before.

  • shot274 on November 24, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Sorry but saying that the Australian press' behaviour is unacceptable is pot and kettle stuff. The English tabloid are probably the worst. Subconsciously Trott may be the first to admit that Warner is right. England have just come off a resounding series win. If the press are trying to mentally disintegrate them then England need to rise above it. f they cant they are far from the professional unit they claim to be. The verbal battle cannot be the reason for being so completely outplayed. Look at your cricket England not the Press reports.

  • tgevans on November 24, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    The Aussie team should remember that cricket is a spectator sport and not a backyard brawl. It is watched by impressionable kids who need worthy role models. If the players aren't sufficiently secure about their manhood, a cricket ground is not the place to display it. The ICC should get very tough on unsportsmanlike conduct for the good of the game.

  • o-bomb on November 24, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    It doesn't matter if it happens all the time or not; threatening to break someone's arm is unacceptable and deserving of punishment. As for Warner; he's certainly been disrespectful, but all he's done is respond honestly to a question he's been asked. I have no problem with that.

  • page8383 on November 24, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    I didn't like the Warner comments via the media, but if Cook was smart he would have just shrugged it off. Now the Aussies know he's rattled. The banter on the field was fine. Anderson asking for it to calm down again shows the timidity of this English team. Aussies have had enough of being dominated by England and have put the blowtorch well and truly back onto them. Fair credit, but it's a long series and maybe England can use it against them. If they're good enough.

  • on November 24, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    England are falling into Australia's trap - stop worrying about what the players and press are saying and concentrate on avoiding the short ball. I thought they sent a couple of left-arm quicks out to give them some practice - did they send them to the same place as the English batsmen?

  • GRVJPR on November 24, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    I don't know what is the problem?? Troot did look like a sitting duck against a short ball. Lots of players gets criticized. I mean Suresh raina faces that everyday and still take it pretty well. Rather than becoming a cry babay england batsmen must show that they are capable of handling short pitch stuff.

  • on November 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Australia lost 3-0 to England in away series. So, they are looking to dominate the English side in all respects whether it is on the field or off the field. Australia doe not need to behave like that off the field as they are shaping up good as a test side. The referee has to take some action against Warner otherwise these things would go on and on throughout the series

  • on November 24, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    I'm a Pom but I like Clarke. I'd like to see him stay above the kind of thing that Warner sinks to though, even though as captain he's tarred by it. Warner could be a good player as he scores at a rate that changes matches, but these were 'easy' runs considering it's test cricket. He's in danger of becoming a cartoon character. Can't give MG enough credit & we need to get on top of him quick, although inconsistency is his curse. England will fight back as they've proven & it's set up for a great series. Can't help feeling that Cook felt he had to say something, but England aren't blameless. Surely Clarke's just borrowed from Border in'89 regarding attitude. Fine if you win, set up if you lose. We need to get over the press situation, as England's press is as bad as anyones. It's a nature of the internet age that it's now so easy to get reports/journalism out there that you have to be controversial unless you're a big name. George Dobell is one of the few that can comment neutrally

  • Spack987 on November 24, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    I'm an Australian supporter and I think this is boofhead stuff. It was great to see Johnson bowling well, but his constant banter at the batsmen was juvenile and annoying to watch, and he only degraded himself. To learn the nature of the comments made to Anderson saddens me because it indicates that this Australian team has a long way to go in terms of its mental attitude. Sporting contestants at any level should have respect for their opposition. People shouldn't stop being decent people just because they are playing sport. Nobody minds a bit of good-natured repartee - the genuine wit of days gone by is sorely missed - but this was ugly stuff. If I had kids who played cricket, I wouldn't allow them to behave like this, and I certainly wouldn't want them to see professional cricketers doing it. Grow up. Get on with the game.

  • Meety on November 24, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    "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." "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." This is what Warner said. NOWHERE does he denigrate the player. He says LOOKS LIKE they have scared eyes. He says THE WAY TROTTY GOT OUT - was pretty poor...." Then it also can be argued he was giving Trott advice on how to face MJ - as Trott scrambles across the pitch AWAY from the left hander - Warner is TECHNICALLY correct, the words BACKING AWAY were not accurate descriptions though.

  • AjaySridharan on November 24, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Finger licking good series on the cards!! I can't wait to go to the MCG for the Boxing Day Test! Come on England...fight back!!

  • itsthewayuplay on November 24, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    A big win after goodness who knows how long and the Australia team, media and sections of their supporters revert to form. I hope England use this so-called banter as the inspiration to turn the series around, and should remember the India tour a yea ago, and teach the Aussies the lesson they so clearly deserve. I'm no admirer of Broad but I hope he plays a big part in the series after the blatant attempts to unsettle him including the ridiculous Facebook page. As for Warner, if not already he's rapidly becoming one of those players you love to hate.

  • Meety on November 24, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    @ clarke501 on (November 24, 2013, 10:36 GMT) - actually Warner IS paid to report on cricket as it is in his contract to be interviewed for publicity & match awareness reasons.

  • FlashAsh on November 24, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    H'mm Warners out of line and should be fined, maybe Root should now press charges afterall for assault then maybe he'll be seen for what he is? He was lucky to avoid a police record and Numpty Biff is trying to egg others on!!

    I suppose all that can be expected from a land forged by criminals??

    Well done Trott for holding his tongue and I agree with a previous poster Broad/Anderson should just give Clarke a Beamer or two and see if his back is up to the "swaying"

    Stupid

  • Tiberius on November 24, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Warner is lucky he can bat well, otherwise he'd be an unemployment statistic, the guy is as thick as two planks. As for Clarke telling a No.11 he's about to get his arm broken...not good but typical of the Australian mentality. That was probably the best he could come up with.

  • Kays789 on November 24, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    There's an old saying that 'empty vessels make the most noise,' a saying that was invented for the likes of David Warner. His very occasional century notwithstanding he wouldn't have made the test team anywhere else. I wonder if Clarke realizes just how lame it sounds when they keep referring to this low-life behavior as 'banter' and 'tough cricket.' The only thing these guys have proven beyond a shadow of doubt is just how unprofessional they are in what they do. Well done Clarke and co.

  • on November 24, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    England should look at their own performance and not on what David Warner says. And saying that Trott is swaying away from short balls is not denigrating the opposition. He also looked scared facing Mitch Johnson. What was disrespectful was the ECB leaking the punching incident to the English media and distracting Australia in the process.

  • azzaman333 on November 24, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    I'm pretty sure I've heard more offensive sledges in just about every single match of low level local cricket I've played.

  • on November 24, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    With Australia it is not new to world, we all know a glimpse of dominance and how they behave. That is what makes every one hate them. That fellow Warner has not proven his credibility to talk about Trot. He had many weaknesses than Trot and may be proven in coming matches. Trot truly is a class player and sparking about him this way may prove Australia costly. On field banter is different to going public and speaking about an opposition player such derogatorily is shame on you Warner. Fine this player for such talk ICC/Match officials and prove your credibility, Please nip them in bud.

  • on November 24, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    If someone told me I "was about to have his my broken" as a Test number 11 and that someone was the Australian Test captain, I'd seriously consider overstepping about five yards before delivering my fastest ball directly at his "midriff" next time round. The umpire can only call a no ball...

    Seriously, the ICC has to step in and stop the kind of abuse the Australians indulge in. It - is - NOT - cricket; it is low-life behaviour, the dregs of the gutter. I'm sure there are a lot of Indians (and players of other nations too) who agree after what they have had to put up with from Australia in Australia.

  • DeckChairand6pack on November 24, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    It's a long time since England were number 1

  • polsamboley on November 24, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Aussies are a great team, but their off-field tactics and mind games are disgusting. It is important to remember that this is the same David Warner who threw a punch at Joe Root in England (was FINED $11,500) and also added explicit Tweets (FINED $5750). I hope he gets fined for breaching the code of conduct this time as well.

    David Warner is quickly becoming a 'FINE' batsman and a pathetic loser.

    I am Lankan and don't give two cents on who wins be it Aus or Eng. But England should seriously give it back to Aussies (via good cricket and verbally).

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 24, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Well if we needed any reminder of Warner's lack of any bainpower we had it as old motormouth cranked it up. Hopefully it serves us not them. Cook is right to disapprove as is Trott. Trott is like one of the pieces in a game of 'Jenga' which defines whether the edifice falls or stands. Root is too fallible to go up to 3, not that I would want that, and we do not know what is around the corner. New, improved Trott is there somewhere down the line, but how soon I cannot tell. He has not got this far without a gift to correct faults. I would back and if any change were made later I would simply swap him and Bell round for a couple of games. Hopefully by the end of the series Warner will be wishing he had kept quiet. To me he is ridiculous.

  • on November 24, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    A nice fine would erase all such pesty annoyances

  • on November 24, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Several posters are missing the point here - the Code of Conduct relates to the players' public pronouncements, not those of the press from who one can expect no better irrespective of the hemisphere in which they operate. Warner's remarks, if they had been made on the field could be regarded as simply asinine, made, as they were, in a post match press conference, they break the Code.

  • inefekt on November 24, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    It's test match cricket, get over it boys. Time to step up and act like men, professional sport is no place for the weak minded.

  • CaptAhab on November 24, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    "On the pitch is fine." Great quote by Cook. That is what it is all about and should be. The ICC should take necessary action against Warner's comments. He is a great bat and brings the game alive but his comments to the press were totally unacceptable. I do feel England have been roughed up. Pace is pace. And that was some pace!! Not seen genuinely quick bowling like this for a long while and it will definitely leave some mental scars on all the English batsmen.

  • ThatsJustCricket on November 24, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Well, there are places where you get fined for speaking the truth. Warner may be heading into one. Eng need to look in the mirror before criticizing others.

  • on November 24, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Yesterday the English fans were singing that song about Mitchell Johnson that starts, "He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right..." (you know the rest), and today they're complaining about the disrespect shown to one of their players. Irony is kinda rich.

  • aussiebear68 on November 24, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Please look in the mirror, can any of my English colleagues truly say that the English press is any worse that the local Australian papers. Having lived in both countries, I certainly can't say so.

  • couchpundit on November 24, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Mr.Cook, this is not half bad as how England blew up story about warner even after he apologised for the bar incident.

    You reap what you sow. Do i see old english whinning ways are coming back? Best way to respond is to on the 22yard by smacking johnson and terrorising warner with good pace bowling. Grow up

  • Anneeq on November 24, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    I think everyone should man up a bit, this is the type of thing we love to see. On the pitch AND off it. Although it's a bit surprising to see this Aussie team sledge, after 3 straight ashes series losses, theyv played well for just one test. It's not like theyr on a fantastic winning streak with series outside the Ashes either.

    England have to get it together tho, BIG TIME!! This is an EMBARRASSING Aussie team, and as passionate and good as the players are, they shouldnt be bowling teams like England out for less than 150 in a test match. Even with a 'rejuvenated' Mitchell Johnson.......

  • NelaturiShyam on November 24, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Cricket is considered as a "Gentleman's Cricket". What is this behaviour "On court and Off Court"? Play it with a Sportsman's spirit.

  • BradmanBestEver on November 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Well said Warner - I admire your honesty mate. We need more of it. English can not take losing so now they attack the man who spoke the truth. LOL

  • on November 24, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Terrible behavior by the Kangroos asusual

  • on November 24, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Warner is correct....even so, might be worth leaving him in the sheds while interviews are on.

  • on November 24, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Warner just said what all the commentators and media are saying....probably get fined though....doesn't mean it wasn't true!!!

  • xtrafalgarx on November 24, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    GOOD ON WARNER. This is ridiculous from Cook. Anderson, Trott, Pietersen layed into us in England when they were on top, we fight back, now it's a problem? Get off it!

    We won't sit here and die, we will fight back.

  • gsingh7 on November 24, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    why is everyone slating warner here. its for everyone to see. trott looked uncomfortable and slightly vary of short pitched bowling at 140 km/h plus . he got out both times trying to play at short pitched bowling and was totally done by johnson. bit of aggressive attitude is need of the times and i fully support warner in turning up the heat.today's game is not for the faint hearted but brave players.

  • Mr.PotatoesTomatoes on November 24, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Personally I wouldn't like the ICC sticking it's nose in this affair.Off-field mental disintegration campaigns have been a part of sports for as long as one can remember.If a player's behavior is abominable,then it should fall on his board to warn him and take appropriate action.It's true that the Aussies got carried away in this test,even the on-field comments were rather gratuitous and redundant,sledging a top-order bat is one thing,but having a go at no.11 is downright foolish.England would do well to let this pass as an over-the-top reaction by a team desperate for a win, and focus on the cricket to come.

  • cloudmess on November 24, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    I think the comments about Warner are spot-on - Clarke is right that banter is acceptable on the field, but the Aussies' level of off-field, media banter in the past 6 months has been unbelievable. Even as an England supporter, I'm relieved to finally see some evidence of performance on the field as well as off it (over the English summer, I thought I must have misunderstood the scoreline, that Australia were somehow winning), but it's still just one game of a 5-match series against an England team whom I suspect were not properly acclimatised. And this is now Australia's 4th attempt to regain to urn.

  • BradmanBestEver on November 24, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    For Cook to publicly comment on Warner's comment clearly demonstrates that Warner's comment got under the skin of Trott and probably other English players.

    Warner was probably telling the truth. If Trott had any brains he would have come out and said "who would not be scared of Johnson?" - that would have diffused the situation very nicely and made Warner look like a fool.

    The Poms are rattled.

  • on November 24, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    absolutely disrespectful a good game does not give you the authority to disrespect a player like trott who is far more better than warner in both the formatts. Warner needs to realize that. Such shame indeed.

  • Andross on November 24, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    I realise what Warner said was perhaps foolish, and that CA should have a word to him about posting on twitter full stop. But he was hardly a stand out since that was what EVERYONE was saying; maybe Cook should be more concerned about the fact that Michael Vaughan posted an almost identical comment, saying that Trott's dismissal was about the worst he'd seen for a no3.

  • Rashgul on November 24, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    It's just one win; not the series. As for Warner, he needs to keep his mouth shut, it was disrespectful and he did go too far. Warner won't be saying that if they lose the series in the end, which they could quite easily. Perth will be an Aussie win. But, the other three will definitely suit England and expect them to come on top. My prediction is 3-2 to England.

  • on November 24, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Come on England put your head down and concentrate. don't make this aussies look Great when they're not. Don't forget they were thrashed in tests in England and one day series in India only last month.

  • Jagger on November 24, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    This was the best Test match since Gilly smacked the Poms around the park at Perth. That final session after the last rain was more fun than a Rolling Stones concert! Well done M Clarke, to me you are the man of the match and the captain I have been waiting for. Bye-bye Micky Arthur. Upwards and onwards Australia. Foot on the throat from here on. Well done!

  • BazBaldcock on November 24, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    I have no issue with Clarke's broken arm jibe to Anderson; I'm quite sure both sides throw out those lines regularly on the field. But Warner's off-field remarks about Trott are way out of line. It's also bemusing why he was wheeled out at a presser without a minder in tow. David Warner should not be a spokesman for Australian cricket; he is a PR disaster waiting to happen.

  • proczilla on November 24, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    @ mcsdl. This is the ashes mate, if youre not english or australian you wouldnt understand. We could be ranked 8th and 9th in the world below zimbabwe, ireland and kenya and it would still mean just as much.

  • siddhartha87 on November 24, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Trott's technique was shaken by short pitched stuff.Warner is 100% right

  • Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on November 24, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Cricket has to be the only sport that is unwilling to move with the times, It would be a shame if warner gets fined for such a tame comment, Cooks comments were quite funny as I think he was trying to deflect attention away from the fact that Trotts mental state at the moment is obviously fragile and he did not think it appropriate that Warner point this out but by airing he's grievances in public I think it will have the opposite affect.

  • on November 24, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    If any batsman says he not scared at mitch Johnson bowling full tilt aiming for your head i'd say hes dillusional. Same goes for anyone facing Steyn, Morkel, Irfan or any of the aussie quicks. These guys bowl at extreme pace and the margin for error is almost 0. So if a player can see the batsman's fear they will let them know. Its part of the game. England prefer to bore the opponants to death while aus are up there in your face. SA are clinical, India are overpowering in their batting and pakistan are engimatic. Each country has their own flavour, that should stay that way since it makes interesting cricket. Maybe warner was over the top in his wordchoice, but i certainly dont condemn him for it. Man up England, you have woken the Aussies and now you need to face the music.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on November 24, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Respect to Cooky for a single-handed fighting second innings knock and a bit out of character to go slightly wobbly over this. Let's just put it down to a team and captain unexpectedly under pressure.

  • creekeetman on November 24, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    when England lose, they really are pathetic... man up, forget warner and prepare for the next test. btw from the looks of things, warner might have a point.

  • cricketcricket1987 on November 24, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    4-1 to England - let the Aussies have their moment in the sun! Cannot wait for Adelaide!

  • Clyde on November 24, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    I would like to see Warner penalised. This means that the saying of what he did off the field has to be wrong. I think a penalty would balance matters. I believe it will happen. I find the kind of thing he said not credible and not informative. That leaves only abuse. Abuse needs to be countered.

  • on November 24, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Only the Poms would have a cry about sledging. Pretty sure every comment they received was well earned on the other side of the world a few months ago.

  • on November 24, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Would anything have been raised if England has won? Of course not. As for Cook- suck it up Princess. You are on a big stage now. And a media campaign against the poor England team? Of course the UK tabloids take such high moral ground that there would never be a need for Parliament or the police to look into their methods would there?

  • Liquefierrrr on November 24, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Hilarious to watch Anderson crying over spilt milk now that he's on the receiving end. He never shut his mouth in England.

    2/140 on a pace bowler's dream = crying and throwing toys out of pram. Absolutely hilarious to see.

    The English fans and media resort to calling us brutes and bullies (despite the fact the England team are grown men and give as good as they get every time, which they admit to also) when they get annihilated. Typically rehearsed, predictable and ill-informed.

    What a hiding.

    2/215 off 53 for Swann, at 35 this will be surely the last few tests of his very moderate career (average of 29, 37 against Aus, 47 in Aus).

  • on November 24, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Sounds like we're being whinging Poms if Cook starts going on like this. The Aussies have targeted this series and are being tough and uncompromising. It's up to us to rise to the challenge now

  • on November 24, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Just one victory and the Aussies are back to their old selves. No issues in their giving it to the opposition but they should also learn how to take it on the chin when the opposition gives it back. However, any outstanding effort from Johnson.

  • on November 24, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    donating a single to clarke like a tailender. is not that disrespectful

  • on November 24, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Wonder if Cook will get sanctioned for his comments regarding Warner.

  • milepost on November 24, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    The England press are very good at this, nothing different here. It's crazy that Warner could get a fine for stating what was plainly obvious, that the English batsman and especially Trott and the tail are terrified, truly frightened facing hostile 90+mph bowling. Look in fairness if England had a player the same caliber as Mitch we'd be bricking it too. May be they do need to unleash Finn, play an extra seamer in Woakes to cover for Finn if he sprays it and just see what happens. It would be conceding the Ashes without any fight whatsoever if they pick the same team in Adelaide.

  • mcsdl on November 24, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Lets be honest - 2 ordinary teams making a meal out of each other here. Come on David Warner- coz you scored a 100 after trying 100 times doesn't make you any better than what you are - an Ordinary cricketer....!

  • No_1_again on November 24, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I don't see any issue with Warner's comment (if it is). We live in freedom of speech era. If he is wrong then all the so call crickinfo commentators (us) should be punished. How much we have criticized when batman or bowler fails?

  • on November 24, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    He had a point, it was pretty poor. Not to mention that Michael Vaughan (a former England captain) tweeted that it was the worst innings he had ever seen by a number 3 batsman, means Warner was fairly tame.

  • guptahitesh4u on November 24, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    I don;t know why poms are behaving like school kids....It seems that there golden period was very short and now they are feeling the heat

  • proczilla on November 24, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Poms call us whinging aussies then their own test players start crying after a defeat. Guaranteed if they won this test they would have just used this as fuel to sledge the aussies. They should add a bowl of cement to their "Ashes cookbook" and harden up.

  • Shaggy076 on November 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Cant see how Warner saying it like it was about Trott is any different to any pre-game/series sledging. I dont believe it needed to be said in the media because the world could see that Trott's dismissals in both innings were very soft, he looked scared. I think it just gives him more ammunition to correct it. As for the end of the game sledging it appeared Jimmy Anderson who has been handing out similar during the good times just couldnt take it when the roles were reversed. As for mentions of the media and the courier mail - I agree I believe the over the top, childish byplay against Broad is very poor journalism.

  • paapam on November 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Such criticism will only make Trott more determined. Trott (and England) will come back stronger and better after this drubbing. The quick turnaround achieved by Clarke/Lehmann and their men took the Poms by surprise. Swann's ineffectiveness on a wicket with bounce and some turn was a let down. Our 'tall' fast bowlers appeared an empty threat. England desperately need a geniune quick. However whatever England may lack it certainly does not lack fighting spirit. Warner will only succeed in making the English team play above it's potential.

  • shillingsworth on November 24, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @Bonehead_maz - Warner is paid to play the game, not report on it.

  • on November 24, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @Varun Upadhye - Comparing racial vilification by a large section of the crowd and opponent player to some post-match press Q and A where a player is being a bad sport is a little bit of a stretch... Anyway, what Warner said was 100% truth whether it's nice or not, sporting or unsporting, arrogant or not.

    Warners approach to press conferences is actually refreshing. He's honest with the public and himself. He calls it as he sees it. None of this paint by numbers, scripted, pseudo-respect rubbish. If warner was to get up there and be dishonest, overly nice it would be of greater disrespectful to fans, opponents and and most importantly himself. The only thing i believe he should do (which he may not be capable of) is to qualify his statements to give them better context.

    Warner has done more for the interest in test cricket than MOST people in the past year.

    Keep it up Warner.

  • andrew-schulz on November 24, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    The truth hurts, doesn't it?

  • 2nd_Slip on November 24, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    LOL nothing new here when Aus are playing down under you should always expect this. At the end of the day Warner is rather ridiculous and is making a fool of himself because Trott is far a better player than him. Remember similar comments made by him and James Patternson last year when they were playing SA, immature really. What happens on the field of play should stay there lads.

  • on November 24, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Poms good whinger and bad loser learn something to play from India after the recent series cannot play short pitch ball advising others luckily they lost otherwise they would have drunk and Urinated like the one they did in Oval. They should learn something from Tendulkar how he behaved and carried him self for last 25 years of his careers. At last after Boring Pomie style recent series of ashes the current one has come alive Go Ozzie well done

  • Mindmeld on November 24, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I can barely believe what is written in this article. It is just the biggest load of bitter nonsense I have ever read! Concerted newspaper campaign? What the...? Look, I a m Australian. I live in Australia and read Australian newspapers and watch Australian TV. I can assure you that there is no anti-England media campaign in sight where I live. George Dobell is far too emotive for my liking, constantly making excuses when England lose or play badly. When Australia were thrashed in the second test in England his headline story was "A gulf looms wide", where he wrote that the England team was so far ahead of Australia that Australia would be lucky to ever win a game in the foreseeable future.

  • on November 24, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Cricket is not boxing and never should be. Warner's trash talking is more suited to that particular sport whereas cricket should be a gentlemans game. Hostilities should be limited to bouncer's and crashing boundaries mixed in with maybe a few words and stares on the pitch, however there is no room for such disrespect as Warner showed to another professional and especially one the calibre of Jonathan Trott. When the crashing lows come in Warner's career he could end up a very bitter lonely man. Zip it Dave and and let your batting do the talking! You will win many more fans if you are able to perform at your best with no malice!

  • on November 24, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I agree with warner as the way trott played in such critical situations was not acceptable ,,,,

  • jonesy2 on November 24, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    if I was playing I would be laying into the England players ten fold more than Australia are at the moment. whats Anderson or broad going to do? bowl a medium pace bouncer? oh wait they did and our legendary skipper smashed a ton with a 90 strike rate.

  • warnerbasher on November 24, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    England are clearly rattled if they are worrying about such a trivial comment. Surely Trott can use the comments to motivate himself for the next match and prove Warner wrong. He's a very good player and will be back. I'm afraid Jimmy though seems to be able to dish it out but not take it. As for the media thing they are from a country that sets new lows in media standards on an almost daily basis so to get all precious about our media is hilarious.

  • on November 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Why would anyone have a modicum of interest in what is said between pro cricketers? Only losers whinge. Both sides have been guilty of that over my 50 years following world cricket. Lets all get over it and enjoy our individual wins.

  • Marcio on November 24, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    As Dobbell knows full well, what Warner actually said was: "It was pretty poor and pretty weak, a real weakness." Warner clearly meant "weak" in the context of a batting weakness. Personally I am getting sick of journalists misrepresenting what players say. Talk about whinging Poms!And Anderson physically assaulted Clarke in public by whacking him across the head with a book while he was sitting quietly by himself, as Anderson clearly wrote in his autobiography. So Dobell can look at how their disagreement began.

  • Baundele on November 24, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    No truth must remain unpunished...lol.

  • Frill on November 24, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    I don't think any Australian or Michael Clarke 'condemned' the English players for talking about the Australian players when they were in England. You can't take it England...then don't dish it! Lots of news on Stuart broad being boo-ed and the newspaper headlines to go with it... without remembering the stick that Warner got from the crowd and the papers..for getting drunk(!) I don't think Warner for once complained about that!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Australia can't take losing and they're the worst at winning. Why can't they adhere to the same standards of everyone else? funny stuff.

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    I think Warner was fair enough saying that. It wasn't a personal attack, it was just a comment on how Trott played - and, in my opinion, it was accurate too. Some English tabloids said the exact same thing. Indeed, I think that Trott will probably be dropped for the 2nd test. He shouldn't be facing punishments for this. He was just answering questions accurately.

  • disco_bob on November 24, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Without any DRS controversy, we have to invent our own.

  • __PK on November 24, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Warner has no case to answer. Let's look at the key words. "Criticise." No, he gave an honest appraisal, criticism clearly implies a negative bias. "Inappropriate". No, what could be more appropriate that a top order batsman commenting on the performance of a peer. "Denigrate". No, there was nothing personal about Trott, purely about his performance. Case closed.

  • Stumay on November 24, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Well, there you are then England. Take these comments, put them up on the wall and ram them back down their throats when you next get out there. Mouthy, lippy Australians is nothing new and one win in ten matches is hardly world-domination. We'll see what Clarke and Warner have to say come February,

  • Kula_Bowls_Inswing on November 24, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    If Warner wanted to say something to Trott, he should have done so while Trott was still batting (and presumably did so), not in a press conference when Trott has no further role to play in the match & cannot respond.

  • vena888 on November 24, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    I think Warner should think on how he performed in Ashes when he played back in Eng!! Trott knows how to perform and he is much far better with his technique when compared with Warner.

  • Bonehead_maz on November 24, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    If Cook and Flower and Gooch don't think Trott showed fear and was "pretty weak" they'd be about the only 3 in the world ? How can anyone be fined for accurate reporting ?

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Umm, criticism of the Australian press standards? I would think that people from a country where the standards of journalism have descended into criminality would refrain from commenting about audacity!

  • Buggsy on November 24, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Bunch of uninformed on here who probably didn't even see the interview with Warner. The comments were mentioned half jokingly, he was hardly taking a shot.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Im not too sure what Warner is going on about here. Trott averages 46 in tests with 9 hundreds, as well as 51 in ODIs , and has been one of England's most prolific number 3's of all time in both formats. Warner has started off his career with a mediocre test average of 39 and a pathetic ODI average of 29 (not to mention he has also been dropped from the ODI team). Anyone sane individual would say Trott is the superior player. Warner's massive ego has been inflated hugely since that second innings hundred, and he comes out with a comment that shows it. Reckon he should learn to keep his mouth shut and improve his record so he reaches at least half of what Trott has achieved.

  • RJHB on November 24, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Couldn't agree more, Greg Kurten, when did this sport become tiddlywinks? England are treading thin ice with their gamesmanship on the field, yet go soft as butter over a few words in battle, a silly comment from a fairly silly Warner, and a newspaper campaign that makes them sad? Jeez dry those eyes princesses! And fair dinkum the biggest sook of all is Anderson, he is constantly yapping when bowling, yet can't take it when batting! No wonder the Aussies can't stand the guy.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Worse has been said about opposing cricket players in the past and it was all taken in good spirit. Spirit is what is lacking amongst players: The spirit of fair play, the spirit of respecting your opponent and the beer in the pub after the game. Do not spoil the game with disciplining a player for saying his opponent was scared. Broad would have been boo'd in any cricket playing country in the world for not walking when he was blatantly out.

  • brenno23 on November 24, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    That particular newspaper in question is very poor at the moment (not that it's ever particularly fantastic) and is still refusing to name Stuart Broad in it's report, rather referring to him as "The 27 Year Old English Medium Pacer". In all honesty it is just frustrating to read and put me off reading their product, and this is coming from an avid Australian fan who thoroughly enjoyed being at The Gabba on day 1 to watch the crowd get stuck into Broad. On the game: great win from Australia, simply dominant. The English top order, especially Trott, seem to be struggling for answers and need to find something or they will be in big trouble again in Adelaide.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    England won two ashes series in the row ,even then they didn't shout or talk this much.Australia having won just a one single match,seems like they have already declared the victory over England. By talking this much and criticizing their opponent they might well loose the focus and the rest of the series.please someone advice Clarke and his team as to how such a long series should be played and respect the opposition after winning such a hard and keenly fought contest.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Are we seriously getting so precious that this warrants punishment? For gods sake, focus on fixing the actual MANY problems with the game ICC.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    The English are a bunch of girls. Man up and deal with it. Crying because the media are against them? Boo-hoo.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Oh Warner! Please let your bat talk and not your mouth as you always get into hot water.

  • DickCam on November 24, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    How about fining the whole English team for giving Watson quite a verbal sendoff. Just more Aussie bashing.

  • jargan83 on November 24, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Dave Warner to be fined for telling the truth? It was a weak dismissal and he pretty much walked into the trap set for him

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Give Trotty a hug .. that should do it :)

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    As long as Warner has stuck to the cricketing aspect and personal observations on Trott's poor display and has not used any unpermitted language he does not deserve a fine. All players should have the right to voice their opinion. Alistair Cook should also be allowed to state, if he wants, that apart from Michael Clarke there is no other Australian batsman who will face genuine spin and this will be to England's advantage in the Tests at Adelaide and Sydney.

  • Metro-ant on November 24, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    It's Murdoch media so no surprises there. I wouldn't find it disrespectful but it was ridiculously arrogant of Warner to say that however. During the Warne-McGrath era yes they sledged but a lot of the time they backed it up with series after series wins. Meanwhile Warner who is in a team that had their previous victory before today in January is making arrogant comments like this make him look like a complete boofhead and scary that he is part of the new era of Australian cricket. Superb performance by him but this is 5 test series and is yet to establish himself yet on the English turf as well rightfully he should zip the lip til then.

  • PrasPunter on November 24, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Well, the ICC didnt lift even its little finger when the establishment that literally calls the shots on everything nowadays poked its head and asked a certain CEO to walk away so that their so-called great team can make the tour !!

    That said, better that we respect our opponents. One win doesn't make it !! They have 4 out of the last 5 Ashes !! Show some respect to them !! After-all they are another reason why test cricket still thrives !! Cricinfo, pls publish.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    This Australian team does not have the respect for the opponents, one match result cannot turn them into world champions. Atleast the i thought the loss in Ashes in England Summer could have kept them humble, but it seems not.

    Whatever happens, they are not going to understand the definition of "Respect".

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    The Courier Mail has gone about as low as you can. We are well and truly back in the dark ages. And to those at the Gabba wearing the offensive Stuart Broad T-shirts? Very, very sad. Cricket is a long way from being the Gentleman's game in Brisbane.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    When you're performing so well on the field, why bother with garbage outside? A needless blemish on an otherwise splendid performance.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Leave it to the Aussies....as soon as they get a leg up and might have something to celebrate, they take 10 steps backwards with how the team and it's press decides to conduct themselves

  • heathrf1974 on November 24, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Keep it on the field Warner and we the Aussies need to learn to be gratuitous winners. Not good.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Crickets a professional sport. Its simple banter to get under ones skin. They get it from the press on a daily basis. Surely Trott is able to cope with Warners banter. Put up or go home if you're not up for it i'd say.

  • PureTom on November 24, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    David Warner is the Aussie team's "badboy". I would not be surprised if he has been assigned the role and is encouraged to behave this way. Fining him will do nothing. Fine Cricket Australia, it's the only thing that would make any difference. otherwise let it go. CA are in a position where they can use him as a bully boy to their advantage and drop him like a hot potato if it backfires. He's not so good that the Ozzie team will miss him that much if they need to "tidy up" later.

  • Rahul_78 on November 24, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I applaud the ICC. This is getting bit ridiculous. It is alright having a banter and exchanges out there in the middle that too within the boundaries and not getting personnel. But what Warner said was pretty disrespectful as aptly pointed out by Cook. Trott is a guy who has played more cricket then Warner, has more Ashes victories to his name and averages above 50. Even for a lesser cricketer what was said was not done and sounded arrogant and boorish. Warner doesnt seem to have learned anything from his recent past where he acknowledged of being on last warning. His verbals had contributed big time in his downfall. This series is boiling alright out in the middle. The cricket lovers will do well to enjoy the hostilities provided with ball from Mitch and Broad instead of vulgar criticism. Aussie media need to show some restraint. Not many years ago the same sort of boiling series between Aussies and India exploded in Sydney and cricket was the looser.Let your cricket do the talking.

  • Warm_Coffee on November 24, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Warner was entitled to say his opinion and there was no foul language in his statement anyway. The media and cricketing experts freely say more negative things than that and I hardly see anything done to them by ICC. Double standards. I guess ICC needs to do something about sledging then since they fined Warner for post match statements. In fact, there were many other cricketers who said even worse negative things than what Warner said in the past yet freely got away with it. Again double standards.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Oh come on ICC!!! Why not ask Warner to give Trott a hug? If someone is going to get fined for saying what Warner did then the powers that be are more childish and silly than what I though!! This is a man's sport and a little banter never killed anyone!!

  • Webba84 on November 24, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    As a massive Aus fan and someone who could not be more happy about this win I am absolutely disgusted by our newspapers. No journalistic integrity, no moral character and about as cultured as a bucket of dog leavings. Slander and lies - just disgusting stuff. A nice little fine might remind Warner to stay well away from such behavior. If only we could fine the newspapers too!

  • Venki_indian on November 24, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    when this guy will learn?

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  • Venki_indian on November 24, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    when this guy will learn?

  • Webba84 on November 24, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    As a massive Aus fan and someone who could not be more happy about this win I am absolutely disgusted by our newspapers. No journalistic integrity, no moral character and about as cultured as a bucket of dog leavings. Slander and lies - just disgusting stuff. A nice little fine might remind Warner to stay well away from such behavior. If only we could fine the newspapers too!

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Oh come on ICC!!! Why not ask Warner to give Trott a hug? If someone is going to get fined for saying what Warner did then the powers that be are more childish and silly than what I though!! This is a man's sport and a little banter never killed anyone!!

  • Warm_Coffee on November 24, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Warner was entitled to say his opinion and there was no foul language in his statement anyway. The media and cricketing experts freely say more negative things than that and I hardly see anything done to them by ICC. Double standards. I guess ICC needs to do something about sledging then since they fined Warner for post match statements. In fact, there were many other cricketers who said even worse negative things than what Warner said in the past yet freely got away with it. Again double standards.

  • Rahul_78 on November 24, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I applaud the ICC. This is getting bit ridiculous. It is alright having a banter and exchanges out there in the middle that too within the boundaries and not getting personnel. But what Warner said was pretty disrespectful as aptly pointed out by Cook. Trott is a guy who has played more cricket then Warner, has more Ashes victories to his name and averages above 50. Even for a lesser cricketer what was said was not done and sounded arrogant and boorish. Warner doesnt seem to have learned anything from his recent past where he acknowledged of being on last warning. His verbals had contributed big time in his downfall. This series is boiling alright out in the middle. The cricket lovers will do well to enjoy the hostilities provided with ball from Mitch and Broad instead of vulgar criticism. Aussie media need to show some restraint. Not many years ago the same sort of boiling series between Aussies and India exploded in Sydney and cricket was the looser.Let your cricket do the talking.

  • PureTom on November 24, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    David Warner is the Aussie team's "badboy". I would not be surprised if he has been assigned the role and is encouraged to behave this way. Fining him will do nothing. Fine Cricket Australia, it's the only thing that would make any difference. otherwise let it go. CA are in a position where they can use him as a bully boy to their advantage and drop him like a hot potato if it backfires. He's not so good that the Ozzie team will miss him that much if they need to "tidy up" later.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Crickets a professional sport. Its simple banter to get under ones skin. They get it from the press on a daily basis. Surely Trott is able to cope with Warners banter. Put up or go home if you're not up for it i'd say.

  • heathrf1974 on November 24, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Keep it on the field Warner and we the Aussies need to learn to be gratuitous winners. Not good.

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Leave it to the Aussies....as soon as they get a leg up and might have something to celebrate, they take 10 steps backwards with how the team and it's press decides to conduct themselves

  • on November 24, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    When you're performing so well on the field, why bother with garbage outside? A needless blemish on an otherwise splendid performance.