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Australia are entitled to decline post-test drinks with England

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Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle may have had a point when he questioned why England had invited his side for a beer after the first Ashes test in Cardiff.

James Anderson, Siddle's England counterpart, revealed that Alastair Cook's side had shared drinks with New Zealand after each of their test matches earlier this summer.

Australia Captain Michael Clarke, meanwhile, has turned down an offer from Cook and has decided to refrain from doing the same until the end of the series.

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BEST OF ENEMIES

England and Australia's 2005 Ashes teams shared drinks after every game during their series in England, but visiting captain Ricky Ponting claimed that this was one of the reasons why Australia lost the series 2-1.

Since then, Australia have adopted a less friendly approach to fixtures against England.

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Kevin Pietersen last year claimed in his autobiography that their unsporting behaviour had temporarily cost him his friendship with Shane Warne. David Warner, meanwhile, caused outrage by punching Joe Root and labelling an unsettled Jonathan Trott "weak and poor" in two separate incidents in 2013.

DOING THEIR JOBS

While Australia have at times overstepped the mark, cricket fans must remember that they are in England to do a job and not to make friends.

If they feel that mingling with the opposition is detrimental to their chances of overturning a 1-0 series deficit; then they are not only entitled, but also obliged to refrain from doing so.

As long as nobody is singled out as as Trott allegedly was in 2013 and all animosity is forgotten at stumps on the final day of the series, the visitors' reluctance to socialise is far from a tragedy for the sport many describe as a "gentleman's game".

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