Sydney, Oct 23: While the Australian cricketers continued the verbal sniping, England refuted to engage in a war of words before the Ashes series, which would start from Nov 25.
Though Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting has been stoking all manner of fires in an attempt to unsettle his rivals, England has adopted a grin and bear approach to the taunts.
England wicketkeeper, Matt Prior revealed his side would not be firing back, while teammate, Kevin Pietersen put the theory to practice.
Ponting said there were question marks over Pietersen's form and place in the side, but the latter replied, "Ponting is a great player and one of the greats of the game."
Prior said ignoring the talk would be a difficult but a critical task.
"It's become a tradition with people coming out with big statements and predictions," he added.