Australia won't stop taunting England as teams prepare for 2nd Ashes test

No truce called as rattled visitors and Australia prepare for their Adelaide confrontation

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 November, 2013, 10:54pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 November, 2013, 9:34am


Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson says he doesn't anticipate a truce in the verbal sparring between his team and England for the second Ashes test beginning December 5 at Adelaide.

Johnson, who took man-of-the-match figures of nine for 103 in Australia's 381-run win in the first test at Brisbane, says England were being seriously affected by the often vitriolic on-field taunts.

He says any attempt by England coach Andy Flowers to discuss a toning down of the banter with his Australian counterpart Darren Lehmann should be batted away.

Trott has gone home and we hope he gets well soon. We do care about that, but we're still going to play really hard cricket
Darren Lehmann

"I think it's worked for us, I definitely think they're rattled by it," Johnson said in Perth on Wednesday. "They don't like it at all. Obviously their coach has come out and wanted a truce from what I've heard. That's not going to change from our end."

On Monday, veteran batsman Jonathan Trott, who was out for 10 and 9 in Brisbane on short-pitched deliveries, returned to England with a stress-related illness.

Lehmann said any changes were unlikely.

"From my point of view, Andy looks after his side and I look after my side, that's what you do in the game of cricket," Lehmann said. "I played cricket with Andy [at South Australia], I talk to him all the time, but at the end of the day, he's in control of the England cricket team and we've got to try and get the Ashes back.

"Trott has gone home and we hope he gets well soon. We do care about that, but we're still going to play really hard cricket."

Australia captain Michael Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee after television viewers heard him telling England tailender and pace bowler James Anderson to prepare for a broken arm before a Johnson delivery.

On Wednesday, it was reported that International Cricket Council match referee Jeff Crowe would speak to both teams about their behaviour following the finish to the first test. David Warner was also reportedly counselled by team management over his criticism of Trott.

When Flower was asked whether the Australian opener should apologise or be punished for describing England's "scared eyes" and Trott's dismissal as "weak", he said: "We set our own standards and the Australians must set theirs."

Lehmann said he had spoken to Warner about his comments.

"We're all about improving ourselves off the field, so I spoke to him, but that's a conversation I had with him and the senior players and that is dealt with," Lehmann was quoted as saying.