Alastair Cook may have begun a war of words with David Warner after describing his comments as "disrespectful" in the wake of England's humiliating defeat against Australia, reports BBC Sport.
David Warner called Jonathan Trott "poor" and "weak" at the close of the third day of the test, saying: "England are on the back foot. It does look like they've got scared eyes at the moment. The way that Trotty got out today was pretty poor and weak."
These comments will surely cause yet more detriment to his popularity with England fans after he played the part of 'panto villain' in the previous Ashes series in the wake of his attack on Joe Root during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy which led to his being dropped from the Australia squad for the rest of the tournament and the first two Ashes tests.
Cook was angered by these comments, remarking: "I think the comments were pretty disrespectful to any professional cricketer."
He then said of the other on-field incidents: "On the pitch it's pretty much a war, isn't it?
"There are always going to be a few battles and a few words, but on the pitch is fine. There were a lot of things said that we think have been disrespectful, but you have to give the Aussies credit for how they played."
The on-field incidents were ever-present throughout the test and stump microphones picked up Australia captain telling James Anderson to "get ready for a broken arm" as Mitchell Johnson prepared to bowl.
However, Michael Clarke insisted that the incidents were nothing to worry about, saying:
"I'm not going to go into what's been said on the field - I think that's part and parcel of the game. I've heard a lot worse said on the cricket field than anything the Australian players or the England players have said throughout this Test match.
"Both teams want to win so badly. We all respect the traditions of the game - there is a line, and both teams should not overstep that line.
"I'm sure there's plenty of things that are said on the field that you won't overhear on the stump microphone. There is certainly no single England player that we have any vendetta against."
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