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Marcus Trescothick slams David Warner’s ‘pathetic’ comments in Ashes build-up

Australia cricket team’s David Warner described the Ashes as ‘war’, adding that he needs to find hatred within himself against England cricket team players

cricket Updated: Oct 18, 2017 13:37 IST
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The Ashes series between Australia cricket team and England cricket team, has always produced explosive stuff on and off the field. Steve Smith-led (left) Aussies will host England at home this season and his deputy, David Warner (right), has already sparked a war of words.(Getty Images)

Former England cricket team player Marcus Trescothick has slammed David Warner’s comments of labelling the upcoming Ashes series as a ‘war’. Trescothick termed Warner’s observations as ‘pathetic’, saying there was no need for the Australia cricket team vice-captain to say that.

Warner stoked a controversy when he said the upcoming Ashes 2017-18 was going to be a ‘war’, and that he needed to “find some ‘hatred” towards English cricketers.

“To come out with those sort of comments is not needed. There’s always the hype that comes around before the Ashes, so I don’t think it’s something the players will be drawn into,” Trescothick told the BBC.

“I think it will just be a good distraction, hopefully, for Australia and they can get caught up in the war of words. I think it’s pathetic,” he added.

While Trescothick has criticised Warner for his comments, he feels England will find it tough to retain the Ashes if they do not have the services of the suspended vice-captain Ben Stokes.

“We’re a little bit unsettled as a team, obviously with the (Ben) Stokes affair going on, and there’s a few issues in the batting line-up which they need to get sorted. The combination of being that little bit not quite ready in what their team selection makes it quite tricky going into that environment because it’s quite harsh, it’s quite tough. As a country they (Australia) really go for you so I think we might find it quite tricky,” he said.

David Warner has certainly mellowed down from the aggression that he used to carry on and off the field, even coming close to being handed out a punishment by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

But with the Ashes 2017-18 coming up, Warner has sparked the war of words that usually plays out before every series.

When asked about what the Ashes meant to him at ABC Radio, Warner said, “The history, the pride that is at stake. As soon as you step on that line it’s war. You try and get into a battle as quick as you can. I try and look in the opposition’s eye and work out how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him.

“You’ve got to find that spark in yourself to really take it to the opposition. You have to delve and dig deep into yourself to get some sort of hatred about them,” he added.

Warner’s comments did not go down well with former England cricketers Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Vaughan.

“They want to get (England) down, abuse & sledging, a war, that’s what it is to them not cricket. It’s a test of character for our lads,” Boycott took to Twitter to express his displeasure.

The captain of the 2005 Ashes winning team, Vaughan made a sarcastic remark in his reaction to Warner’s comments.

“Better get some Tanks and Machine Guns ready then .... What nonsense !!!?”, wrote Vaughan on Twitter.

Ahead of the Ashes 2017-18 to be played in Australia starting November 23, Warner said sledging is being done with more subtlety now.

“The subtle approach these days is how it goes. Look at the Indian series we played, it can get under your skin quite quickly, and the heat gets to everyone, so we just have to wait and see,” he said.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 12:29 IST