So much for the Ashes being played in the right spirit between its opposing teams. Australia captain Ricky Ponting and his England counterpart Andrew Strauss exchanged some sharp words over an alleged sledging incident involving James Anderson during the last stages of Australia's first innings collapse in the second Ashes Test at Adelaide.
Ponting who has a reputation of standing up for his team-mates, was seen hustling over to Andrew Strauss along with Brad Haddin as the teams were leaving the field at stumps on Day 1.
The clash between the two captains erupted over an incident that occured during the ninth wicket partnership between Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle, when England pace bowler James Anderson supposedly said something nasty to the batsmen and as one Australian newspaper expressed it, "invaded their personal space"
Ponting was supposed to have taken issue with Strauss over his apparent lack of on-field management of a bowler whose shy off-field persona contrasts sharply with his on-field antics. When questioned about the incident after stumps, Anderson was evasive and said : "I'll go back and ask and tell you later."