Cook wants no repeat of 'ugly' scenes

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England captain Alastair Cook does not want a repeat of the 'ugly' scenes that affected the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, saying he hopes players from both sides know where the line is with regards to sledging.

England captain Alastair Cook does not want a repeat of the 'ugly' scenes that affected the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, saying he hopes players from both sides know where the line is with regards to sledging.

With the second Ashes Test taking place in Adelaide this week, players will be mindful of the proverbial 'line' especially in light of fines dished out to Michael Clarke for spearing at James Anderson, and Jonathan Trott's departure.

Both coaches and captains have said that commenting on, or sledging about, Trott's stress-related illness will be off limits, but Cook hopes the game will otherwise be played in a slightly less nasty spirit this time round.

He said: "It's important that both sides recognise a couple of scenes in that last game weren't great for the game of cricket. I think both sides recognise that.

"It's important we play in the right way. People want to see real tough cricket, it's what they enjoy, especially between Australia and England, but there's got to be a boundary we don't cross.

"Maybe last week we let emotion get ahead of ourselves a little bit on some occasions and it became a little bit ugly. Michael and I have responsibility as captains to make sure that doesn't happen.

"Some of those scenes were ugly at the end of that game and we do have a duty to play the game in the right way. We want to play tough cricket just like Australia do but we have to make sure we stick to those boundaries and I bear a responsibility for that."

He added: "We know the responsibility we have when we pull on the shirt. And no matter how much emotion there is in the game, we know how many are watching us and we know what responsibility we have to the game.

"Whether we got it right or wrong in that game I don't know but we have got to make sure we behave as appropriately as we can out there. There are always guidelines."

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