“I think it’s worked for us. I definitely think they’re rattled by it,” said Johnson. “They don’t like it at all. Obviously their coach has come out and wanted a truce from what I’ve heard. That’s not going to change from our end.”
Andy Flower was asked in a press conference on Monday if he would consider speaking to his opposite number Darren Lehmann and he replied he would “think about it”, which is a long way short of calling for peace talks as has been reported in Australia.
Flower knows his side are as aggressive with the verbals on the field as Australia and there will be no let up from either side although Jeff Crowe, the match referee for this series, intends to speak to both captains before the next Test.
The team-building exercise has offered respite from the pressures of touring and a chance for the team to regroup before the two-day warm-up match against a Chairman’s XI on Friday, where they will test out either Joe Root or Ian Bell in Jonathan Trott’s role at three.
“We’re already focused on bouncing back,” said Stuart Broad, one of the few England players to emerge from the first Test in Brisbane in credit.
“We’ll have a look at our plans, get them clearer and we need to execute our skills better. Adelaide is a place you need to score big first-innings runs and we’ll be aiming to do what we did last time and we’re very focused on that.
“It [Brisbane] was an odd one because it happened so quickly and the dismissals were uncharacteristic really and there were soft wickets that gave Australia a lift. We need to make ourselves harder to get out because we know how important big runs are in Australia.”