Jonathon Trott's departure raises questions
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Australian coach Darren Lehmann has rejected an overture from England counterpart Andy Flower to discuss the teams' behaviour as International Cricket Council match referee Jeff Crowe prepared to remind both sides of their responsibilities before the Adelaide Test.
It has also emerged that David Warner was counselled by team management about his criticism of England batsman Jonathan Trott. Neither Cricket Australia nor the ICC will take action against Warner but Fairfax Media has learnt that Crowe will address both teams about their behaviour following the explosive finish to the Gabba Test.
Michael Clarke and Jimmy Anderson exchange words during day four of the First Ashes Test. Photo: Getty Images
Flower described Warner's remarks as ''disrespectful'' and ''ignorant'', but insisted there was no direct link with the batsman's return to England with a stress-related illness. However, Flower doesn't want Trott's sensitive departure to become a topic of conversation on the pitch in Adelaide and said he was open to meeting Lehmann to discuss ground rules for the rest of the series.
Lehmann expressed concern for Trott, who will take an indefinite break from cricket. But he was in no hurry to discuss behavioural issues with Flower.
''From my point of view, Andy looks after his side and I look after my side, that's what you do in the game of cricket. I played cricket with Andy [at South Australia], I talk to him all the time, but at the end of the day, he's in control of the England cricket team and we've got to try and get the Ashes back,'' Lehmann said on Adelaide radio station 5AA.
Australia coach Darren Lehmann. Photo: Getty Images
''Trott has gone home and we hope he gets well soon. We do care about that, but we're still going to play really hard cricket.''
Lehmann was adamant the contents of the ill-tempered exchange between England tailender Jimmy Anderson, Australian captain Michael Clarke and debutant George Bailey should stay on the field and is happy for the ICC to adjudicate on what is acceptable. Clarke's close friend Shane Warne has since alleged that Anderson threatened to punch Bailey in the face, prompting a reaction from Clarke that cost him 20 per cent of his match fee.
''I was happy that 'Bails' gave him a bit back, that's part and parcel of the game. They're all grown men out there, they will work it out,'' Lehmann said.
''I just know we copped a lot in England and we didn't shy away from that. That's what happens when you go away, so I don't see what the difference is from England to here. We're on the other end of it, that's just the way it goes. Both teams play hard and as long as it stays on the field I'm happy with that.''
Warner's comments were made in a more public arena, at a media conference after the fourth day's play. When Flower was asked whether the Australian opener should apologise or be punished for describing England's ''scared eyes'' and Trott's dismissal as ''weak'', he said: ''We set our own standards and the Australians must set theirs.''
Lehmann said he had spoken to Warner about his comments. ''We're all about improving ourselves off the field, so I spoke to him, but that's a conversation I had with him and the senior players and that is dealt with.''
The Australians resolved after being embarrassed by England at Lord's in July to take a more hard-nosed approach to the epic Ashes skirmishes. ''We certainly did that in the last three Tests in England and we're carrying that on.''
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who scored a golden duck in the first innings in Brisbane and played one scoring shot in the second, revealed Warner had riled the tourists. ''Ashes cricket is hard fought. Words are always going to be exchanged on the pitch. The important thing is that it stays on the pitch. Being disrespectful to individual players is unacceptable and as a team we found what David Warner said … disappointing,'' Prior wrote in his column for The Telegraph in London. ''We are a very tight unit. We look after each other and if someone attacks one of the individuals in our team, we will look after them.''