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Verbal taunts continue between Ashes Test matches

Associated Press
Nov 27, 2013 at 10:04am IST

Adelaide: 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 9 for 103 in Australia's 381-run win in the first Test at Brisbane, says England was being seriously affected by the often vitriolic on-field comments.

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.

Verbal taunts continue between Ashes Test matches

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson says England was being seriously affected by the often vitriolic on-field comments. (Getty Images)

Johnson said Wednesday "they (England) don't like it at all... I think it's worked for us, I definitely think they're rattled by it."

Lehmann also told an Adelaide radio station any changes were unlikely - "we're still going to play really hard cricket."

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