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 hard-bitten 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 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.”