‘I think we need good leaders, who know where to draw the line’, says Andy Flower

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“I believe that the series can still be played in a good spirit – and let the best team win”

After having denounced Australia opening batsman David Warner for calling England batsman Jonathan Trott “pretty poor and pretty weak”, Andy Flower is hoping that both teams “know where to draw the line” when it comes to sledging.

However, Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle recently stated that the baggy greens will continue to sledge England players on the field as they do it all the time.

Siddle’s comments come after Australia captain Michael Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for telling England seamer James Anderson to “get ready for a broken f***ing arm”.

But, Flower has called on both Clarke and England skipper Alastair Cook to control their players and ensure that they do not cross the line with their verbal taunts.

“I think there are standards of behaviour that individuals and teams must set themselves,” Flower said. “The competition should be intense. It’s played between two proud cricketing nations. But I think we need good leaders, who know where to draw the line, and they need to be good role models.”

“This type of situation does put it into perspective. I believe that the series can still be played in a good spirit – and let the best team win it. I believe it should be a very exciting series.

“But I agree there’s a balance to be had, and we all have a responsibility to find that balance.”

Meanwhile, England vice-captain and wicketkeeper Matt Prior believes that Warner went overboard with his comments about Trott, who has flown back home with a stress-related illness.

“Disrespecting individual players in press conferences, I find, is unacceptable – and as a team, we found it disappointing what David Warner said after play on Saturday,” Prior wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph. “It is up to him how he talks, but there is a line not to cross as a player before you get into dangerous territory.”

With England having arrived in Alice Springs for their two-day warm-up match against the Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI, Flower is hoping the trip will help the team recover from the 381-run thrashing they received in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

“Look, this was a bad loss for us,” Flower said. “But we have a history of adapting quickly and recovering from losses such as this. Luckily, they don’t occur that often.

“I think the break in Alice Springs…comes at a good time. It gives us a little chance to have a think about what happened at Brisbane and how to come back stronger and better in Adelaide.

“I’m personally looking forward to the challenge and I think the team will do likewise.”

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