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WILLIS: AUSTRALIANS NEED TO LEARN TO BEHAVE THEMSELVES

Ex-England seamer is unhappy with the stories he's been hearing about sledging during the Ashes

Bob Willis has told Australia to "learn to behave themselves" as he spoke out against "particularly unpleasant" sledging during the current Ashes series.

The hosts lead 2-0 after victory in Adelaide this week but Willis says the series has been marred by reports he has heard of the kind of verbals being exchanged in the middle.

Willis claimed that Jonny Bairstow has been a specific target and he has been left unimpressed by the stories he has been told.

"I understand that the sledging on the field is getting particularly unpleasant and particularly personal, directed at one or two individuals in the England side," he told Sky Sports.

"Without going into any details, one of those individuals is Bairstow - I don't like the rumours I'm hearing about it and the Australians really do need to learn to behave themselves on the field.

"I don't mind the odd word, fielders round the bat saying 'you can't play' or anything like that, but when things get personal, I can't be doing with that.

Jonny Bairstow has been subjected to "unpleasant" and "personal" sledging, according to Bob Willis

"I think that if the umpires hear anything of that nature then they should be reporting it to the match referee."

Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc has warned England that the Aussie quicks are only just getting warmed up as they prepare for the pace and bounce of Perth.

Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have been in superb form over the first two games of the series and England should expect more ferocious bowling at the WACA, if their talisman is to be believed.

"The exciting thing is our bowling group can still get better,' said Starc.

"We've obviously managed to take 40 wickets in the last couple of weeks and do some really good things, but I think there's still a lot of room for improvement."

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