<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Andy Flower" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130806174656.jpg" title="Andy Flower" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Andy Flower (above) feels that Jonathan Trott has handled his stress very well ©Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Nov 25, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> England coach <a href="/tags/Andy-Flower/post" target="_blank">Andy Flower</a> on Tuesday said that a balance must be struck between competitive cricket and not going overboard with sledging. His comments come in the wake of <a href="/tags/David-Warner/post" target="_blank">David Warner</a>’s comments on Jonathan Trott, who had to leave the tour mid-way due to stress-related illness.<br /> <br /> "Now you have brought it up [talking to Lehmann] I'll have a think about it," Flower was quoted as saying by <em>Fox Sports</em>.<br /> <br /> I think both sides must concentrate on playing the game of cricket on the pitch. In a competitive way but finding the right balance."<br /> <br /> "I don't think [the Trott issue] should be raised on the pitch. We're there to play cricket.<br /> <br /> "A balance has got to be found on the pitch between competitiveness and not overstepping the line."<br /> <br /> Talking about Australia skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Michael-Clarke-fined-for-sledging-incident-with-James-Anderson-in-1st-Ashes-2013-14-Test/34347" target="_blank">Michael Clarke being fined for sledging</a> James Anderson, Flower said that there wasn’t much to talk on that as the International Cricket Council (ICC) had tajken care of that.<br /> <br /> "That (Clarke sledge) situation has been dealt with by the ICC so I don't really need to go into it.<br /> <br /> "We all have a responsibility both sides and the leaders involved to find the right balance and the way we play the game on the field. We're all adults out there."<br /> <br /> He also praised Trott for handling pressure well for so long.<br /> <br /> "He has handled it really well over the years and he has handled it well on the tour so far," Flower said.<br /> <br /> "Just as if someone had a hamstring issue leading into the first Test it is our job to assess the likelihood of him being able to last the Test or that hamstring not hampering his performance.<br /> <br /> "In the same way with Trotty we believed that he would handle as he always has handled it, very successfully, and that was the decision we made."