AUSTRALIAN cricketing legend Shane Warne has criticised the English team for being ‘smug’ in the third Ashes Test, suggesting players have been ‘deliberately arrogant and dismissive’ at press conferences the team gave this week.
After a washed out game at the Old Trafford, resulting in England retaining the Urn, Warne has suggested that the English side has become arrogant about their success in the 2013 Ashes series.
The England team have come under fire from the media following the Ashes for allegedly wasting time on the pitch. This morning Warne took that criticism one step further, commenting in The Telegraph on the players behaviour in post-game interviews and press conferences.
He wrote, “England are a very good cricket team and it is their choice how they convey messages to the press and act on and off the field, and also how they want to represent themselves individually and collectively as a team.
“But to me there were a few moments at Old Trafford when I thought, ‘Hang on, who do you think you are?’”
Warne suggested England should consider the ramifications of acting in a way which showed disrespect for the sport.
He said, “Let me tell you this, if you lose respect for the game and the opposition, cricket has a funny way of biting you on the backside.”
He added, “I’m no saint here and I carried on and went over the top plenty of times on the field, but never when speaking at cricket grounds about the game and the opposition.
“I was always respectful to both and felt grateful for the opportunity to have the chance to play international cricket and especially respectful and humble to the opposition.”
The fourth Ashes Test starts again on Friday 9 August in Durham.