Brendon McCullum has lashed out at David Warner, calling on the Australian opener to “show more respect” on the field.
New Zealand skipper McCullum took umbrage at Warner’s conduct in the first Ashes Test, specifically his lack of applause when Joe Root scored a ton.
“David Warner is a fine player, but I was disappointed to see some of the petulance on show in Cardiff,” McCullum wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“When Joe Root got his hundred, Warner just stood there with his arms folded. There was no applause.
“Some of the great Australian players – guys like Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Mike Hussey were hard customers on the field.
“But if you had success against them, they’d go out of their way to acknowledge it.”
McCullum endeared himself to English cricket fans earlier this year due to the cordial spirit the Blackcaps played with during ODI and Test series.
In sharp contrast, Warner remains an unpopular figure in the country due to his on-field antics and bar-room stoush with Root in 2013.
“I understand the way Warner’s trying to play, but he needs to show more respect,” McCullum wrote.
“He might look back on his career and have a few regrets about the way he carries on.
“The danger is that people won’t think about his cricket as much as they should.”
Earlier this year, Warner made headlines for suggesting McCullum would be susceptible to a “brain explosion” in the lead-up to a World Cup match.
On that occasion, McCullum went into bat for his adversary.
“I probably am guilty of a brain explosion,” he said.
“I think there’s been some sensationalism in some of the reporting of it.
“Australia have been very respectful about how they have discussed our team.”