Sydney: Former Australian pace bowler Len Pascoe has warned the home team that their repeated sledging exercises could back fire on them during the Ashes and turn them into the `mouse that roared`.
The Australians enter the second Test on Thursday on a Mitchell Johnson-led fast bowling high, with the team vowing to continue its `verbals` and coach Darren Lehmann looking to usher in a back-to-the-future style of hard-nosed Australian cricket against the rivals.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Pascoe however, said that he does not think that today`s players have attained the level of sledging performed by former greats like Jeff Thompson, Dennis Lillee or Matthew Hoggard, although he added that most of the `talk` during his days was in state and grade cricket.
Stating that the sledging could back fire on Australians by reawakening `sleeping lions` like James Anderson, Pascoe also said that it might react the same way with Kevin Pietersen, adding that the hosts need to be very careful as to how they go about carrying it out.
Pascoe also said that sledging should be used in subtle ways and should not ever cross the line towards the offensive, adding that a spirit of disciplined aggression instead of abuse makes a player a tough cricketer.