Australia’s David Warner was dropped for their ICC Champions Trophy clash with New Zealand following allegations of an unprovoked attack on England’s Joe Root at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham.
Of course it is not the first time the two countries have collided off the cricket pitch. Here are four other famous instances:
With arguably the greatest batsman in history, Sir Donald Bradman, wreaking havoc on them, England were forced to adopt a controversial tactic to combat him. This came in the form of the bodyline.
England skipper Douglas Jardine instructed his bowlers to bowl nothing but short, quick deliveries aimed at the bodies of the Australian batsmen whilst packing the leg side with fielders.
Harold Larwood in particular took to the tactic, in one instance hitting captain Bill Woodful just below the heart and winding him for several minutes.
Tensions were so high that a riot was narrowly averted with police placing themselves between the players and the enraged Australian crowd.
Botham v Lillee (1977):
Opposing talismen Ian Botham and Ian Chappell clashed in a hotel in Melbourne in 1977. Botham is said to have asked Chappell to stop criticising England before throwing a punch.
They were eventually pulled apart but that did not prevent Botham from allegedly chasing Chappell into the street; only the arrival of a police car preventing further violence.They continued to attack each other verbally over the years.
– Chappell said of Botham
He was a good cricketer, nothing special.
– Botham on Chappell
As a human being he is a non-entity.
Jones v Hayden (2005):
After years of Australian dominance this was the first summer where England were considered to have a chance to regain the Ashes from their bitter rivals.
Simon Jones threw down the gauntlet of England’s new aggressive approach in an early ODI clash against Australia’s Matthew Hayden.
Jones threw the ball at the stumps but instead hit Hayden on the chest, prompting an angry response from the batsman:
– Matthew Hayden
I am in my crease and away from my stumps and he fires the ball at me as hard as he can - you tell me whether that's fair or not.
Ponting v Pratt (2005):
In the decisive Fourth Test at Trent Bridge, England's substitute fielder Gary Pratt ran out captain Ricky Ponting with a stunning throw from the covers.
Ponting, who had been trying to claw Australia back into the game, was outraged that the 23 year-old, who had not payed a first-class match all summer, was on the field.
England had been under fire for using specialist substitute fielders in order to rest their bowlers and this proved to be the final straw for Ponting.
It ended with the skipper launching a four-letter word tirade at England coach Duncan Fletcher which caused him to lose 75% of his match fee.