Sid­dle says Trott’s trou­bles not a taboo sub­ject

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

MEL­BOURNE — Aus­tralia will leave no stone un­turned to find ways of un­set­tling Eng­land dur­ing the Ashes, even if it in­volves rais­ing the sen­si­tive is­sue of Jonathan Trott’s trou­bles out on the field.

Eng­land’s num­ber three bats­man left the tour this week to deal with a stress-re­lated ill­ness af­ter fail­ing twice with the bat dur­ing his team’s 381-run loss in the first Test in Bris­bane.

Aus­tralia’s David Warner was con­demned by Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook and team di­rec­tor Andy Flower for pub­licly crit­i­cis­ing Trott’s bat­ting, and Eng­land seamer Stuart Broad ex­pressed his hopes that the hosts would not use the bats­man’s tra­vails as a weapon.

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

“Another thing, there is it’s a bat­tle out on the field and we’ll go about it how we think it will work,” Sid­dle told re­porters yes­ter­day be­neath the statue of Den­nis Lillee at Mel­bourne Cricket Ground.

“We’ll just keep play­ing hard cricket. We’ll keep putting the pres­sure on them. We’ll keep go­ing from there.

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

Trott’s de­par­ture af­ter a pro­longed strug­gle for form prompted an out­pour­ing of sym­pa­thy from for­mer play­ers, but has not curbed Aus­tralia’s de- ter­mi­na­tion to be ag­gres­sive in deed and word out in the mid­dle.

Aus­tralia coach Dar­ren Lehmann re­jected any sug­ges­tion that he and Flower ought to meet be­fore the sec­ond Test in Ade­laide to work out ground rules on sledg­ing and said he was con­tent so long as his play­ers con­fined it to the field.

Sid­dle also ratch­eted up the ten­sion by sug­gest­ing Aus­tralia’s bowlers had the mea­sure of Cook and Eng­land’s ag­gres­sive num­ber four bats­man Kevin Pi­etersen.

Af­ter scor­ing 13 in the first in­nings at the Gabba, Cook hit Eng­land’s top score of 65 in the sec­ond, while Pi­etersen was dis­missed for 18 and 26.

The sec­ond Test starts in Ade­laide on De­cem­ber 5. — Reuters.

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Aus­tralian bowler Peter Sid­dle says crit­i­cis­ing Jonathan Trott’s bat­ting is fair in the heat of bat­tle.

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