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Bad blood won't boil over at SCG, say captains

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2014 Joe Barton
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The simmering tensions which bubbled throughout the Ashes this summer won't erupt in the final Test, both captains insist.

The bad blood emerged early when Australia skipper Michael Clarke was caught by the stump mic telling English tailender Jimmy Anderson to "get ready for a broken f***ing arm".

Australia enforcer Mitchell Johnson has also been involved in run-ins with Ashes villain Kevin Pietersen and young allrounder Ben Stokes.

But England's Alastair Cook insists that since the Gabba and Adelaide Tests, neither team has done anything to upset the complex on-field rules both teams abide by.

"Apart from the first two Test matches ... the last couple have been played without ugly incidents," Cook said.

"On the field relationships (are) tough but I don't think we've crossed that line."

The teams gathered on New Year's Day at the Prime Minster's official Sydney residence, Kirribilli House, further dispelling the notion there is a genuine dislike between the groups.

"It was nice to see the other guys without the pressure of playing cricket but you wouldn't want the competitiveness to go out of it," Cook said.

For his part Clarke, so central to the Gabba conflict, said the two teams had no issues that needed resolving.

"I think the relationship is fantastic," he said.

"Players are extremely respectful of one another.

"Tough competitive cricket on the field that's the only way I've ever known especially against England.

"But mutual respect has always been there and this series is no different."

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