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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 com-
ments 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 man-
aging 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 "over-
stepped 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 announce-
ment about Trott's departure, and
he reiterated those sentiments.
"I was always going to cop crit-
icism, 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 prob-
ably did smell a bit of fear in the
England opposition players. Unfor-
tunately 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
Trott is back soon
Australia's David Warner roars after
his catch dismissed England's Matt
Prior on the fourth day of the first
Test in Brisbane, on Sunday.
PHOTO: COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
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