Calcutta: Steve Waugh believes 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 ECB revealed that he was suffering from a stress-related illness.
Warner has attracted criticism for comments he made during the first Test in which, he described Trott as “poor and weak”.
Waugh, who used to be regarded as a hard-bitten and an extremely competitive Test captain, was critical of Warner’s comments made at a post-match media conference during the Brisbane Test, which Australia won by 381 runs.
Speaking to the Sydney Cricket Ground’s official website, he said: “I think Warner’s comments were out of order. 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 probably did smell a bit of fear in the opposition players.
“Unfortunately for 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 has been put behind in that last Test match and hopefully, won’t be brought up again.”
Australia have been keen to stress that they will maintain their intensity both in terms of their play and their approach, but Waugh has encouraged them to reign it in a little.
“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 there is no need to show so much aggression,” said the former Australia captain.