Warner: Trott comments 'probably a bit too far'

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Australia batsman David Warner has admitted he 'probably' went too far in his criticism of England batsman Jonathan Trott, before saying he intended to rattle to the England camp with his comments.

Australia batsman David Warner has admitted he 'probably' went too far in his criticism of England batsman Jonathan Trott, before saying he intended to rattle to the England camp with his comments.

WArner called Trott's shot selection in the first Ashes Test, which Australia won, 'poor and weak' and said Trott looked 'scared' of Mitchell Johnson. On Monday though, it was announced that Trott would leave the tour due to a stress-related illness.

England coach Andy Flower was quick to point out that Warner's comments did not influence Trott's decision to go home, and that the Australia opener did not know about Trott's struggles, so was not being malicious in that regard.

Warner said at a press conference before the news of Trott's departure from the tour was announced: "I made those comments for a reason. Look, yesterday, the bounce and pace got to them again.

"It is Ashes cricket. Probably went a little bit too far with the comments, but it's cricket and now it's in the back of their mind. It was good banter. It's always good banter between us and England.

"It's been a tough six months. The last 10 weeks have been fantastic. It's the start of something new."

Warner brother Steven, no stranger to getting his brother into hot water via Twitter, was unsympathetic about Trott's situation when the news broke, tweeting: "BAHAHAHAHA LOL@Trott!"

The inevitable backlash followed, and he then quickly apologised, saying he didn't know the reasons behind Trott's departure when he wrote the tweet, and was himself a sufferer of depression and wished Trott well in his recovery.

He then added: "Would never wish depression on anyone not even my worst enemy after what I've been through."

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