Beer and company to continue verbal aggression

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Cricket Australia Chairman's XI captain Michael Beer has suggested England will cop more verbal abuse during this week's two-day tour fixture at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

Cricket Australia Chairman's XI captain Michael Beer has suggested England will cop more verbal abuse during this week's two-day tour fixture at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

The result of the first Ashes Test, which saw the English lose by 381 runs in Brisbane, was overshadowed by a fine imposed by the International Cricket Council on host captain Michael Clarke, who was overheard on a stump microphone telling tail-ender James Anderson to "get ready for a f****** broken arm".

The tourists, too, were displeased by Australian left-hander David Warner's public remarks about English right-hander Jonathan Trott's "weak" and "poor" batting. Trott has since left the tour due to a stress-related illness.

"My view is what goes on out there stays out there. I think it's a competitive nature and you try and do what you do to put someone off their game," said Beer.

"Whether it's playing club cricket or Test cricket, things are always said and we know in Australia people say stuff and that's the way we play cricket. It's aggressive and that's the way we go about it. I think what goes on stays on."

Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was key to victory at the Gabba, sealing a Man of the Match performance with figures of nine for 103. Johnson was well supported by spinner Nathan Lyon, who is expected to retain a berth in the XI for the second Test, which will get underway at the Adelaide Oval on 5 December.

"Mitchell did a job and you sort of look at this Test, obviously they have bowled in great partnership in that Test match, and I think it's almost 12 months on, and you look at him in this Test series and he was the one doing the damage and Nathan Lyon did such a great job at the other end in different conditions," added Beer.

"It's brilliant to see Mitch do that. I've seen him work very hard, especially over the last 18 months around the Western Australian group and it's great to see him get the rewards."

<b>CA Chairman's XI:</b> Steve Cazzulino, Marcus Harris, Michael Hill, Alex Keath, Jake Doran, Ashton Turner, James Muirhead, Michael Beer (captain), Josh Lalor, Jayde Herrick, Simon Mackin, Luke Robins.

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