Ashes sledging has gone too far: Bayliss

Steve Larkin
England coach Trevor Bayliss says sledging in the Ashes has gone too far

Uncomfortable with the amount of Ashes sledging, England coach Trevor Bayliss wants verbal exchanges censored from television viewers.

Bayliss is concerned the verbal clashes between his players and Australia is overshadowing the cricket.

Asked if he was comfortable with the level of sledging in the series, Bayliss replied: "Personally from my point of view, probably not.

"And that goes from both sides," he said.

"But it's just the way the game is these days."

Bayliss was worried about the impact that sledging heard via stump microphones would have on children watching and hearing it on television.

"I would like to see the microphones turned down," he said.

"I don't think that is necessarily a great thing for young kids at home watching.

"It adds to the spectacle when you hear playing the game.

"But I don't think anyone necessarily actually has to listen to what is being said."

Bayliss denied England had a premeditated plan to sledge Australian captain Steve Smith while he was batting in the second Test in Adelaide on Saturday.

"It's grown men playing a very competitive sport and sometimes those emotions boil over," Bayliss said.

"It's just red-blooded young males out competing against each other.

"I think most of the time it's fairly light-hearted. Sometimes there's a lot more made of it in the press than what actually happens out in the field.

"After the games and after this series the blokes are together having a beer with no hard feelings. It's just the way the game is played."

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the sledging didn't meant a lack of respect between the sides.

"I do feel very strongly about the spirit of cricket and the way the game is played,' Sutherland told ABC radio on Sunday.

"I do feel conscious of playing hard but playing very fair.

"But I am also very conscious, and I know our players are conscious of, wanting Australian cricket fans to be proud of them.

" ... Certainly I'm very proud of our team and the way they go about it and, in recent times, the way they have found where the line is drawn."