Warner`s Trott comments `out of order` - Steve Waugh

AFP| Last Updated: Nov 29, 2013, 10:12 AM IST

Sydney: 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."

Waugh added that Australia probably needed to be a little cleverer in how they went about things.

"They`re playing well, so they don`t need to do so much talking out there now," he said.

The Ashes series resumes in the second Test, beginning in Adelaide next Thursday.