England's second test against Australia in Alice Springs could be a heated affair if the in Brisbane is anything to go by.
An Australian newspaper has banned the name 'Stuart Broad' replacing it with 'Stuart Fraud' after the Ashes controversy last summer.
Kevin Pietersen insists he is revelling in the exchange of insults between himself and the Australian press.
Australian Cricket's governing body has apologised after a picture was posted on its Twitter account of four Sikh men with the caption: "Will the real Monty Panesar stand up?"
Cricket Australia posted the image of the unnamed men dressed in Teletubby costumes, none of whom are the England spin bowler, shortly before the start of the second Test.
The picture had been circulated on the internet last month.
Cricket Australia deleted the tweet within half an hour and tweeted: "We apologise for any offence caused with our previous tweet.
"That was certainly not the intention. It has been removed."
Australia closed the first day of the second Test on 273 for 5.
England cricket captain Alastair Cook said there were "ugly" scenes at the end of the first Ashes Test as he confirmed a meeting on sledging with the match referee had taken place.
– Alastair Cook
We have chatted together - obviously a private chat - and it is important that I am responsible for the England players. 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.
England cricket captain Alastair Cook has attended a discussion with the match referee about the impact of sledging and the extent to which it can be tolerated in the second Ashes Test.
There was an angry confrontation between Australia captain Michael Clarke and England bowler James Anderson at the end of the first Test.
Both Cook and Clarke were required to speak to match referee Jeff Crowe before the second Test in Adelaide - something Cook confirmed he has done.
The Australia captain was fined almost £2,000 by the International Cricket Council after telling Anderson to "get ready for a broken ****ing arm". The comment was picked up on the stump mic.
Members of both teams have since insisted there was nothing out of the ordinary in the level of sledging in Brisbane.
Surrey and England wicketkeeper Steven Davies, who became the first professional cricketer to publicly reveal he was gay, has tweeted his support for Tom Daley:
Good for you @tomdaley1994 Big day for him, let's all show him some support..
Former England cricketer Matthew Hoggard has spoken of the pressures cricketers are under while on tour after the news batsman Jonathan Trott has left the Ashes tour in Australia due to a stress-related illness.
He added: "It takes a big man to come out and admit that he is struggling and he needs some help."
Jonathan Trott has taken a brave step in leaving England's Ashes tour to battle a stress-related illness, the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) have said.
The PCA chief executive Angus Porter said: "This does require bravery, admitting to a problem very publicly and leaving a tour and team-mates, that's the brave thing to do.
"It would have been much easier in many ways to plough on, and not address the problem, and maybe that's what people would have done 10 or 20 years ago and we'd never have known why they performed badly.
"At least we've grown up to the point that people acknowledge just as you shouldn't play on with a knee injury you shouldn't play on with a brain injury - you should seek treatment and get yourself right for the future."
Echoing the thoughts of Andy Flower, Porter said comments made by Australia's David Warner had no bearing on the illness Trott was already battling.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain says he expects the sledging to continue in the Ashes series despite Jonathan Trott's departure with a stress-related illness.
Trott was described as "poor and weak" by Australia's David Warner after the batsman struggled in the opening test.
"I don't expect the other sledging to die down too much at all - this is an Ashes battle and it will continue to be an Ashes battle. I don't expect it to be played any differently," Hussain told Sky Sports.
The opening week of the Ashes series has been especially heated, with with Australia captain Michael Clarke warning England tailender James Anderson to "get ready for a broken f****** **arm" as he prepared to bat, a comment which has landed Clarke a hefty fine.
Performing elite sport in the heat of the media will inevitably increase the stress levels of an individual, a leading sports psychiatrist has said.
England batsman Jonathan Trott was forced to leave the Ashes tour in Australia with a stress-related illness.
Speaking to ITV News, Dr Philip Hopley, from LPP Consulting, said: "Performing elite sport in the heat of the media is inevitably is going to increase the stress levels of an individual.
"Quite often people manifesting signs of stress, their self-belief and self-confidence can be undermined impacting on performance."
While unaware of the exact details of the case, Dr Hopley said it was highly likely that the decision to leave the tour was taken in conjunction with medical professionals.
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has admitted he feels guilty for criticising Jonathan Trott's performance in the opening Ashes test after it was revealed the England batsman was struggling with a stress-related illness.
I do feel guilty for criticising Trott this week .. I wasn't to know what he was going through and I can only comment on what I see ...
Vaughan described Jonathan Trott's performance in the second innings of the first test at the Gabba as among the "worst I have seen from an England No.3".
England Managing Director Andy Flower earlier said Trott's exit was not influenced by criticism of his display.