Warner out of or­der over Trott, says Steve Waugh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“So I didn’t agree with Dave’s com- ments, 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.”

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

“They’re play­ing well, so they don’t need to do so much talk­ing out there now,” he said.

— Sapa-AFP.

PHOTO: GETTY

For­mer Aus­tralian cricket cap­tain Steve Waugh says David Warner’s com­ments about Jonathan Trott (pic­tured) were ‘out of or­der’.

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