The Ashes 2013-14 November 29, 2013

'Hope Trott is back soon' - Warner

ESPNcricinfo staff

David Warner has offered his sympathy to Jonathan Trott and said he hopes the England batsman, who left the Ashes tour with a stress-related illness, recovers soon. Warner was criticised by Alastair Cook and Andy Flower for comments made about Trott during the first Test - although England were clear they did not contribute to Trott's decision - and the Australia opener accepted that he "did go over the line a little bit".

Warner described Trott's dismissal in the second innings at the Gabba as "pretty poor and pretty weak", as Australia ramped up the aggression in pursuit of victory. A crushing, 381-run win was duly wrapped up and England suffered a further blow in their bid to retain the Ashes with the news the following day that they would be without No. 3-batsman Trott for the rest of the campaign.

Several members of the Australia camp have subsequently declared that they plan to continue coming hard at England verbally but Warner took a step back from hostilities to voice support for Trott.

"We didn't know anything about an illness or what not," Warner told the Sydney Morning Herald. "It's sad to see anyone go through that tough period and obviously if he's got an illness that's there we hope he gets the right people to help him out.

"We know the world-class kind of batter he is: he averages 50 in Test cricket and he has been a great player, a rock for England. I wish him all the best and I know our team wishes him all the best. I hope he gets well soon and [is back] playing the best cricket he can."

Flower said at a press conference on Monday that Trott had been managing his condition for as long as he had known him and Hugh Morris, England's managing director, stressed the player's return home was "not down to any particular incident over the last few days". Flower did say, however, that Warner had "overstepped the line", while Cook called the comments "disrespectful" after England's defeat on the fourth day. Warner had previously acknowledged going too far, before the announcement about Trott's departure, and he reiterated those sentiments.

"I was always going to cop criticism, no matter what, from what I said," Warner said. "As I said before, I probably stepped over that line and at the end of the day it's cricket. We've got to go out there and play the best we can and as hard as we can without crossing that line.

"Going into public and saying what I did probably did go over the line a little bit. Obviously it's unfortunate that [Trott] has gone home now. I hope he gets well because we know the type of player he is and he will bounce back from it."

Warner's attempt to smooth over the issue comes after former Australia captain Steve Waugh labelled him "out of order" for the attack on Trott. Interviewed on the Sydney Cricket Ground website, Waugh, a famously tough on-field competitor, said that Australia may need to temper their confrontational approach and let their cricket do the talking for them.

"I think Dave Warner's comments were out of order," Waugh said. "I don't believe you should comment on someone else personally on the opposition. He can make a generic comment, but I think when you get personal like that, you cross the line on how players treat each other, and the respect they should have.

"So I didn't agree with Dave's comments, having said that, he probably did smell a bit of fear in the England opposition players. Unfortunately for Jonathan Trott, it was a personal issue, and you don't want to keep going on about that. You just want him to get better and get well. So I think that hopefully has been put behind in that last Test match, and won't be brought up again.

"I think Australia probably need to be a little bit more clever about the way they're going about things. They're playing well, so they don't need to do so much talking out there now."

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  • Simon on December 3, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    The Waugh brothers rebuking Warner...bit rich! I've got no doubt Warner will wear criticism and accept the sledging in return without running to the media to 'dob on' the sledger. Apparently in retirement the Waugh brothers are the arbiters of what constitutes too far in sledging. How ridiculous is that? Who's next - Warnie & Haydos?

  • Harry on December 2, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Not clear what is Trott's issue so Waugh is right in saying do not get personal. If Warner talked about how good Aus bowlers were in sorting out the batsmen including Trott then it is good. There is no psychological gains in that other than making the Eng batsmen more determined. Also Aus should not get carried away by one great performance. But for Haddin's skill the first innings would have folded and the match may have been tighter. Warner and Clarke are not consistent and Watson is still struggling. Haddin is the only consistent bat right now. That is Aus's weakness which Eng knows well. Win the series handsomely before bragging.

    About the rankings - i agree it does not say much. No team is dominant right now. So take it one series at a time and that is so much more fun than one team dominating. FYI - No one talks about Pujara but he is the best Test batsmen Ind has now not Kohli or Dhawan or Rohit. It will be fun to see Pujara in SA

  • sri on December 2, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    @sailorsupreme I do not believe in the ranking systems. I don't think we are the second best side in Tests. The new generation players may prove us wrong but mind you the rankings are based on the past performances not future. At home yes we are probably the best side but away i still have doubts.

    Also i do not believe that SA is head and shoulders above the rest. They also have same parity. Pak beat them recently although they were not prepared and they barely managed draw against similar side that was beaten 4-0 by Eng/Aus.

  • Graham on December 2, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    sailorsupreme; The ranking system is arbitary. You can only judge two sides by how they played against each other and there is no way you can claim superiority over England as they hold both series home and away. Similarly, India are on par with Australia. Australia havent played Zimbabwe and Bangladesh for so long that they have no points for that, in my opionion the current ICC system with India at two shows the inadequacy of the system.

  • Tim on December 2, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    @Sailorsupreme, we're talking test cricket here. Not white ball stuff. Dhawan, Rohit, Vijay, Pujara, Ashwin, Kohli, Kumar and a ton of others are either completely unproven away from home in tests or are proven failures. India only have 2 batsmen averaging over 35 in tests away from home in the last 3 years and they've both retired (Dravid and Tendulkar). The current test bowling lineup for India will be almost entirely guys who have never played overseas or Ashwin who has 9 wickets at over 60 in the last 3 years. If India get any better than avoiding a 3-0 whitewash it'll be a huge upset in SA.

  • adeel on December 2, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    well said Steve Waugh. he showed his class and his professionalism. it shows that even though the past greats of aus were hard agressive blokes on the field they still respected and knew where that "line" was off the field.

    since ponting came in that line always got shifted a feet further and now under clarke its quite a distance away ! steve is right that with 1 test win and a good one too, aus need not sink to lows and match eng if they did this previously. its childish isn't it? they do it why can't we. be humble in defeat and gracious in defeat. you'll win hearts no matter what the outcome is !

  • Cameron on December 1, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    @Xolile, lol! You're right about that.

  • udayan on December 1, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    It is not as if 'proper' test match pitches are obtained only in SA, Australia and England. It is not as if the SA, Aus, Eng players are good players of fast bowling. In fact not one player from these nations stands out when confronted by hostile short pitched swing bowling. The players from the sub continent are fast catching up and we are waiting for Shikhar, Virat, Pujara and Rohit to silence the critics of Indian players, particularly when they are touring @ Shaggy076 SA is the official no.1 and India is no.2 The Indian team was going through a transformation and that is why the dismal away series record in the recent past. Yes, India were poor tourists, not anymore. We are eagerly waiting to set the record right by choking the SA side in SA. When that happens, an exciting era in international cricket will begin. The job is not hard as you make it sound. India will prevail and te world will learn that SA is vastly over rated.

  • Deon on December 1, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Warner is a real man. There is a real shortage of real men at the moment.

  • Cameron on December 1, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Trott's dismissals were poor and weak, so were most of the English dismissals. Their team gave up (twice) against our attack. What is a player supposed to do after a 381 demolition? They tried thir best but it wasn't heir (4) days? Good effort but not quite good enough? They should be able to say, we were all over them, we expected a contest but they didn't turn up. That's what happened so why is it not ok to say so?

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