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Ashes: Alastair Cook hits back at 'disrespectful' David Warner as verbal warfare breaks out

England's Alastair Cook admits his team are hurting after Australia take a 1-0 lead in the Ashes.

Alastair Cook: England captain endured tough four days at The Gabba

England captain Alastair Cook accepts his batsmen need to step up after their woeful showing in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane - but felt Australia opener David Warner had been disrespectful in accusing them of showing fear against the short ball.

Australia claimed a 381-run victory at The Gabba - their first win in 10 Tests - with Mitchell Johnson's nine wickets leading the way.

England were bowled out for scores of 136 and 179, unable to deal with the extra pace and bounce on offer at the Queensland venue.

Ashes highlights from day four of the first Test.

But the result was overshadowed by a war of words in the post-match press conferences.

Cook, whose side came from 1-0 down to win in India last year, believes they can turn things round in time for the second match of the series in Adelaide (Dec 5-9).

"This side has fought back in the past," said Cook. "This game is going to hurt us but there is plenty of character in this team and we're going to show it again."

Johnson - overlooked by the selectors during Australia's 3-0 defeat in England earlier this year - finished with figures of 9-103 in the match.

"He's bowled very well and put us under some pressure," the England skipper said of Johnson.

"It is something we need to work on as a side going into Adelaide. We've faced a lot of him in the past and been successful. There have been times when he's got on top of us, and we've had good times against him as well.

"You always talk about trying not to lose wickets in clusters but sometimes talking doesn't really help. It's about trying to do it out in the middle. Credit to Australia, they put us under pressure and we couldn't respond to that.

Australia captain Michael Ckarke took sledging to a new level when Jimmy Anderson was at the crease.

"When you only bat for 50 overs in the first innings... The bowlers need time to put their feet up, especially in these conditions. That is the job of the batsmen and we didn't do it."


Familiarity appears to be breeding contempt between the two sets of players. England No.11 James Anderson clashed verbally with Australia's fielders - led by skipper Michael Clarke - when batting on day four.

The previous evening, Warner, fresh from his first Test century of the year, had launched a few press conference grenades in the direction of the tourists, particularly Jonathan Trott.

Warner labelled Trott's second-innings effort - a frenetic run-a-ball nine that ended with him holing out to give Johnson his wicket for the second time in the match - "pretty poor and weak".

Cook wants the verbal sparring to be kept on the field and was unhappy Warner aired his thoughts post match.

"I think the comments were pretty disrespectful to any professional cricketer.

Australian captain Michael Clarke is happy with the start but believes England will come back fighting.

"On the pitch it's pretty much a war, isn't it anyway? So there's always going to be a few words on the pitch. I think that's the way people want to watch cricket being played. Tough, hard cricket. On the pitch is fine."

Cook's opposite number Clarke thinks the on-field tension is great for the game even though he was caught on stump microphones telling Anderson to "get ready for a broken arm" as he faced Johnson.

"I think I've heard a lot worse said on a cricket field than what any of the Australian players or the England players have said throughout this Test match," Clarke said.

"It's because both teams want to win so badly. I think we all respect the game, the traditions, the history. Australia versus England has always been competitive no matter which team has won.

"I think that's great for the game. I certainly understand and respect that there's a line and both teams shouldn't over-step that line and I hope that hasn't been the case through this Test match but I think the rivalry and the banter on the field, it's give and take both ways.

"I think there's plenty that you don't overhear on stumps mike. They are meant to stay on the field, part and parcel of the game."

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