Cricket: Australian great Shane Warne criticises England's players for being arrogant
LONDON (AFP) - Australian bowling great Shane Warne has accused England's players of being "smug" during the third Ashes Test and speculated that they are being "arrogant" as a deliberate tactic.
England retained the Ashes after rain forced a draw in the third Test at Old Trafford on Monday, giving the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead after three matches of the five-Test series.
Warne, Australia's all-time leading wicket-taker, felt the England players' conduct after the game was unedifying, and singled out wicketkeeper Matt Prior and spin bowler Graeme Swann for particular criticism.
"A lot of us reporting and commentating on the game were really taken aback by the way the England players were interviewing and behaving in press conferences and after-match interviews," he wrote in British newspaper the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.