David Warner’s call to arms for his teammates to find their inner “hatred” of England this summer has been labelled “pathetic” and mocked by the Old Enemy.
Former England vice-captain Marcus Trescothick led the attack on Warner, after the n vice-captain said he and his teammates needed “to delve and dig deep into yourself to get some sort of hatred” about the tourists.
This prompted Trescothick, a key figure in England’s 2005 Ashes series win, to attack ‘s dashing opener.
“It’s pathetic. To come out with those sort of comments is not needed,” he told the BBC.
“There’s always the hype that comes around before the Ashes, so I don’t think it’s something the [English] players will be drawn into.
“I think it will just be a good distraction, hopefully, for and they can get caught up in the war of words.”
Warner has been nicknamed The Reverend in recent years for having little to say to rivals on the field, but his comments this week have prompted a sharp response.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan even mocked Warner, using social media to declare: “Better get some Tanks and Machine Guns ready then …. What nonsense !!!?”
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott also took to social media to respond.
“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 wrote.
Kevin Pietersen, who has never been short of a word, has said pre-Ashes banter counts for little.
“The facts of the matter are, all pre-Ashes chat counts for f… all! All that counts is runs & wickets! You don’t walk out to bat or bowl thinking about a headline!” he said on Twitter.
Warner’s on-field antics drew the ire of Cricket chief James Sutherland in 2015, and he has since adopted a more cautious approach.
However, with desperate to regain cricket’s most famous prize, Warner wants this summer’s campaign to have an edge – in much the same manner as four years ago when then n captain Michael Clarke called on England paceman Jimmy Anderson to “get ready for a broken f—ing arm” at the Gabba. The tourists were crushed 5-0.
“I would like to see it like a bit of State of Origin. Let things just flow on and you deal with everything afterwards,” Warner said.
“Let a couple of penalties go and get on with it.”
He added this week: “I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure that when we’re out there, we’ve got a lot of energy, a lot of buzz, whether that’s being vocal or with my intent batting and in the field.”
The verbal warfare is set to be aimed particularly at England’s inexperienced batsmen Mark Stoneman, James Vince and Dawid Malan.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon said it was clear who the tourists’ kingpins were, nominating skipper Joe Root and former captain Alastair Cook, and said it was important the younger batsmen were put under pressure early.