David Warner has wished Jonathan Trott all the best in his recovery from a stress-related illness and declared his hope that he can face him again in next year’s Ashes series in England.
The outspoken Australia opener courted controversy during the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane last November when he branded Trott ‘weak’ and went on to say England’s batsmen had ‘scared eyes’.
Days later, Trott returned home with what England termed a ‘stress-related illness’ and last week he was forced to take an extended break from the game after playing just one County Championship match for Warwickshire.
Warner, in Dubai to play for Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, said yesterday: ‘It’s always disappointing to hear something like that about anyone, it doesn’t matter who they are or what job it is.
‘If you feel like you can’t give 100 per cent and commit 100 per cent, then he’s done the right thing. I think what happened to him last year and what he said in his interview shows he’s got problems.
‘I wish him all the best and I hope he can get through this and get back on the park. If not, I wish him the best for his future endeavours.’
There is still hope that Trott, 32, can return to cricket. And Warner says he would like to see the South African-born batsman back on the field during next year’s Ashes in England, although he warned the Australians would not give Trott any special treatment.
‘If he gets the opportunity to play again and represent England it’ll be a good tussle again,’ said Warner. ‘But, if he does, we’re going to keep playing the brand of cricket we do, with that aggressive, in-your-face attitude.’
Asked if he now regretted his comments in Brisbane, Warner replied: ‘Obviously, my comments were over the top but at that time I didn’t know there was a problem. I said what I said. But that’s in the past and we’ve moved on.’
Warner was also supportive of Peter Moores, who was unveiled as England’s new coach at Lord’s yesterday.
Warner said: ‘I’ve read some stories about him and Kevin Pietersen, but he’s a class coach.’ – Mail On Sunday