Warne, in a column for the Daily Telegraph, reminded the England stars – who retained the Ashes with a draw in the third Test at Old Trafford – that “cricket has a funny way of biting you on the backside” after being upset at their interviews and general conduct.
Alastair Cook’s side lead the five-match series 2-0 after wins at Trent Bridge and Lord’s, but Warne believes that Australia are now the team very much on top after the tourists were denied victory after rain on the final day in Manchester.
“Yes, England are a very good cricket team and it is their choice how they convey messages to the press and act on and off the field - and also how they want to represent themselves individually and collectively as a team - but to me there were a few moments at Old Trafford when I thought, ‘Hang on, who do you think you are?’” he said.
“Matt Prior was also very smug in his comments, which leads me to think perhaps it is a conscious effort or direction from Andy Flower to be arrogant and dismissive of the opposition.
“Let me tell you this, if you lose respect for the game and the opposition, cricket has a funny way of biting you on the backside,” he added.
“I’m no saint here and I carried on and went over the top plenty of times on the field, but never when speaking at cricket grounds about the game and the opposition. I was always respectful to both and felt grateful for the opportunity to have the chance to play international cricket and especially respectful and humble to the opposition.
“Maybe that is why I have picked up on this conscious effort to appear dismissive of everyone. Even the English public were disappointed in the way England played and were very surprised at the players’ comments.
“Don’t go out there and look like you are hanging on for the draw, time-waste and pray for rain, be a ruthless team and try and win every game you play, not draw games, especially if you want to be the best team in the world - I could not believe the way England played.
“The signs are pretty good for Australia. Although the scoreline is 2-0, it is not a true reflection of the whole series. If Australia perform like they did at Old Trafford then I think they will win at Durham.”
He added: “If England continue to conduct themselves the way they are and play like they did in the third Test then 2-2 will be the series result.”