England have been told to forget about the prospect of a friendly battle for the Ashes.
Shane Warne believes there is zero chance of the series emulating the recent clash with New Zealand, which saw both sides move away from the verbal sledging and intimidation tactics that are the hallmarks of most Australian teams.
Instead, both teams focused on an aggressive style of cricket, without the abuse alongside it.
England have certainly not been angels in this part of the game with Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad more than happy to dish it out to opposition batsmen.
But while Anderson hinted he would prefer the matches were played in a similar feel-good way, the former Hampshire skipper and Aussie legend knows that will not happen.
Anderson, who was told to ‘stand by for a broken arm’ by Aussie captain Michael Clarke in the last series, said: ‘I hope the Ashes is played in the same nature as the New Zealand series.
‘That was a really positive series and the nature of both sides’ cricket was helped by the spirit the game was played in.’
But Warne retorted: ‘Are you for real Jimmy?
‘Seriously? This is the Ashes and I can tell Jimmy now that he is going to cop it from the Aussies more than anyone.
‘When he’s batting it will be 11 against one.
‘I reckon Michael Clarke and his team will carry on from the last series and give it to Jimmy and Stuart Broad.
‘There isn’t anyone in world cricket who doesn’t know about Broad’s concerns with the short ball.
‘If you had your time again Stuart, would you really have fessed up in public about this?
‘When either of those two bat, the Aussie fielders will be like koalas round a eucalyptus tree.’
Warne predicts Australia will retain the Ashes ‘because they have more match winners and greater fire-power’.
And Broad does not expect any change in behaviour from England’s opponents.
He said: ‘That’s just the Australian way — McGrath, Hayden, Waugh were all aggressive that’s just part and parcel of it.
‘It’s important we stand up to it in our own way.
‘The Aussies have been a brilliant team playing that type of cricket so I wouldn’t expect them to change.
‘I’d expect the Aussies to come hard at our players.
‘The success Australia have had over us in the last series and in the World Cup was based around aggression.
‘They got negative reaction as regards the style but they won the World Cup so I don’t think they will change their approach.’