Ashes 2013-14: England’s Cook critical of ‘disrespectful’ Warner

Ashes 2013-14: England captain Alastair Cook criticises "disrespectful" David Warner after the hosts win the first Test

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Alastair Cook has criticised David Warner for the Australian’s disrespectful comments about Jonathan Trott after the hosts won the first Test by an emphatic 351 runs on day four.

The England captain’s side could only muster a tame 179 second-innings tally after in-form Aussie bowler Mitchell Johnson ripped through the visitors’ batting order in Brisbane.

Johnson had ousted Trott earlier on day three, prompting Warner to describe his English opponent as “poor and weak”, but Cook launched a defence of his team-mate.

“I think the comments were pretty disrespectful to any professional cricketer,” Cook said.

He continued: “When you play each other quite a few times in a row, the niggles can increase.

“On the pitch it’s pretty much a war, isn’t it? There are always going to be a few battles and a few words, but on the pitch is fine.

“There were a lot of things said that we think have been disrespectful, but you have to give the Aussies credit for how they played.”

Australia skipper Michael Clarke was picked up by microphones warning James Anderson to prepare for “a broken arm” ahead of facing fast bowler Johnson on day four.

But the batsmen, who hit a second-innings century, refused to talk about comments made on the pitch.

“I’m not going to go into what’s been said on the field – I think that’s part and parcel of the game,” Clarke added.

“I’ve heard a lot worse said on the cricket field than anything the Australian players or the England players have said throughout this Test match.

“Both teams want to win so badly. We all respect the traditions of the game – there is a line, and both teams should not overstep that line.

“I’m sure there’s plenty of things that are said on the field that you won’t overhear on the stump microphone. There is certainly no single England player that we have any vendetta against.”

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