Ashes 2013-14: Aussie centurion Warner criticises ‘poor & weak’ Trott

Ashes 2013-14: Australia's David Warner goads "poor and weak" Jonathan Trott after the hosts finish day three with a 537-run lead

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

David Warner goaded “poor and weak” Jonathan Trott after Australia finished 537 runs ahead of England at the end of day three of the first Test.

England were reduced to 24-2 by the close of play after Michael Carberry was ousted before Trott clipped an effort into the hands of Nathan Lyon off the bowling of in-form Mitchell Johnson.

Earlier in the day, Warner (124) and Michael Clarke (113) helped the hosts tighten their grip on the first Test as Australia declared on 401-7, setting England a target of 537 to win the opener at the Gabba.

And Warner feels the Aussies have the holders on the back-foot, and the 27-year-old picked out Trott for special criticism.

“England are on the back foot,” said Warner.

“It does look like they’ve got scared eyes at the moment.

“The way that Trotty got out today was pretty poor and weak.”

He added: “Obviously there’s a weakness there and we’re on top of it at the moment.

“He’s probably worked hard in the nets on the short ball, but trying to face 90mph short balls from Mitchell Johnson – the way to go is probably not trying to back away.

“I think he’s (Trott) got to get new sledges as well because it’s not working for him at the moment.”

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