Eng to give Aus the silent treatment

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Published: Friday, December 24, 2010, 11:41 [IST]
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Eng to give Aus the silent treatment

With the animosity between the English and Australian teams quite palpable during the recently-concluded Test at Perth, the visiting side has declined entering into a war of words with their hosts.

Sources close to the English side revealed that the verbal animosity during the course of the game distracted it from the task at hand, which was to win the Test and wrap the Ashes series of 2010-11.

The verbal insults exchanged had evidently fired-up the Australian attack, which went o to demolish the English batting, romp home in the match by an emphatic 267 runs and square the series at 1-1.

Australia effected a surge in their aggression in the third Ashes match with instant results, as Mitchell Johnson rediscovered his form after tangling with Anderson, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss.

After Kevin Pietersen mockingly asked Mitchell Johnson for his phone number so that the two could be "best mates", Mitchell Johnson called him a "smart arse" and made an undignified comment to James Anderson about his image appearing on a gay magazine cover.

England held a quiet meeting following the WACA Ground carnage and determined that instead of trading barbs with their rivals - giving Australia more ammunition and inspiration - they would reply with actions and not words.


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