Stuart Broad has dismissed the brouhaha brewing over Australia’s refusal to share a drink after the Ashes opener, saying it’s par for the course.
England paceman James Anderson revealed the tourists opted against having some beers with the opposition in Cardiff following their crushing defeat in the first Test.
England won by 169 runs inside four days to go 1-0 up in the five-match series heading into the second Test at Lord’s, which starts on Thursday.
“I think there was talk of potentially having a drink after each Test,” Broad said at a Hardys Wine event in London.
“But the modern way generally in the series I’ve played in is you have a beer after the series.
“Certainly in my dad’s day it was every night.”
In recent years, the practice has been for teams to share a drink at the end of a series but not during.
Anderson suggested England and New Zealand had shared drinks, regardless of results, following both matches in their drawn 1-1 Test series earlier this season.
England captain Alastair Cook invited Australia counterpart Michael Clarke and his side into the home dressing room after England’s emphatic win on Saturday.
However, it was rebuffed.
Anderson, England’s record Test wicket-taker, was seemingly more offended than his new-ball partner.
“That’s their prerogative,” he said.
“After the New Zealand series, we had a beer after each game with them.
“We found that was quite an enjoyable thing, just to chew the fat after a hard Test. It didn’t matter whether we won or lost.
“At Headingley (where England lost to end the series all square at 1-1), we still went into their dressing room and had a beer with them.
“It’s Cooky’s idea. He’s the captain, he went and asked them. We were all happy to do it. I don’t know why they didn’t come in.”
The issue cropped up in 2014, when South Africa failed to have a beer with Australia after losing a spiteful Test series decider in Cape Town.
During the 2005 Ashes series, widely regarded as one of cricket’s greatest contests, the teams split beers after each match.
However, then Australia captain Ricky Ponting said afterwards that he felt an excessively friendly atmosphere contributed to his side’s defeat.