Adelaide, Dec 12: After three good days of almost friendly Test cricket at the Adelaide Oval, the aggressive side -sledging is back with Australian and Indian players as they faced off on Friday.
It was good to see paceman Mitchell Johnson and rest of the Australian players getting concerned after the lef-armer hit India captain Virat Kohli on the helmet with a bouncer yesterday (December 11).
But today, all those good things seemed to have not happened as India's Varun Aaron, Shikhar Dhawan and hosts' David Warner and Shane Watson had an altercation mid-pitch on the fourth day of the first Test.
The incident happened when Aaron bowled Warner and gave him a bit of send off, in the 34th over. But the umpires checked for the no-ball and Aaron had overstepped.
With Warner being called back to the crease, the left-hander celebrated by saying to Aaron "come on, come on". This did not go down well with Dhawan who had few things to say to Warner as the opener prepared to resume his innings. Both Warner and Dhawan pointed fingers at each other.
Watson, who was at the other end, did not hold back and joined in. Dhawan and Watson exchanged few words and Kohli had to pull his team-mate back. Umpires Marais Erasmus and Ian Gould intervened. Later Kohli had a chat with Warner and things settled.
In the next over, Aaron showed more aggression by bowling a bouncer at Watson and the batsman ducked and was hit on the arm.
Later, in the final session of the day, Kohli lost his cool and was involved in an altercation with batsman Steve Smith during Rohit Sharma's over.
In the build-up to the series, Phil Hughes' tragic death had united players from across the world and Indian and Australian cricketers too were in mourning. It did change the way cricket is played.
Now after three quiet days, the aggression is back on the field. Will this carry on to next Test and into the ODI tri-series?
The photos of the incident are here