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Lehmann: Trott’s stress off limits in Ashes

November 30, 2013

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia coach Darren Lehmann says Jonathan Trott’s withdrawal from the Ashes tour due to stress will not be used as ammunition in the sledging battle between the teams during the second test beginning at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

But Lehmann has still stopped short of condemning opening batsman David Warner, who labelled Trott’s as “weak” during the first test, prompting debate about the no-go zones of the intense rivalry between the two teams.

“We didn’t know what was going on with Jonathan Trott,” Lehmann said on Saturday. “And that certainly won’t be talked about in this test match at all. We wish him all the best in his recovery.”

Lehmann said he had counseled Warner, who retrospectively acknowledged he overstepped the line by questioning Trott’s approach and performance.

“We didn’t know anything about the illness or whatnot,” Warner said in a local media interview. “It’s sad to see anyone go through that tough period and if he’s got an illness that’s there we hope he gets the right people to help him out.

“We know the world-class kind of batter he is. He averages 50 in test cricekt and he has been a great player, a rock for England.”

The taunting and sledging during Australia’s victory in the first test in Brisbane reached such levels of spite that England coach Andy Flower suggested a meeting between the teams to agree limits on future verbal exchanges, but Lehmann rejected that as unnecessary.

Meanwhile, Lehmann dismissed suggestions that fast bowler Ryan Harris will be rested for the second test and said Australia’s former rotation policy with its pacemen was at an end.

“If he is fit to play he will play,” Lehmann said. “We don’t rotate, mate. If you’re fit you play. The best 11 will play for Australia each and every game.”

Lehmann was not about to believe Australia can expect to regain the Ashes on the strength of a single victory.

“It’s just one test match,” he said. “We have got to play well, back that up and show we’re the side we want to become not just one-hit wonders.”