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Ashes: England Refuse To Talk To Australia Media

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Pietersen gestures to an Australian journalist in Brisbane |

England cricketers refused to talk to the Australian media as their winter Ashes series turned sourer.

Openers Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry, batting coach Graham Gooch and spinner Graeme Swann all blanked reporters at Brisbane's airport.

Kevin Pietersen, wearing headphones and sunglasses indoors, tapped his ears and responded to one journalist: "I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you, mate."

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England players arrived at Alice Springs airport on Tuesday

England's vow of silence stems from the behaviour of the partisan Australian press.

After Michael Clarke excused saying "Get ready for a broken f*****g arm" to James Anderson as "banter", the Sydney Daily Telegraph has treated Jonathan Trott's departure insensitively.

Trott has returned to England due to a "stress-related illness", however the Telegraph's double-page splash was headlined, "Trott Does A Runner".

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The Telegraph's splash has not been received well in England

The Australian media were also banned from the press conference where coach Andy Flower announced Trott had flown home.

Australia opener David Warner labelled Trott "weak" and "poor" during the first Test, which angered Cook, who branded him "disrespectful".

Test Match Special commentator Geoffrey Boycott is also unimpressed by Warner, who generated criticism in the summer after he punched England's Joe Root during a night out in Birmingham.

"I think he's a bit gobby for someone who's only made a few centuries. You'd have thought he was Don Bradman," Boycott opined.