Australia have a 268-run lead over England going into the fourth day of the second Ashes Test

Australia have verbally abused England players over an issue which “hasn’t come out for various reasons”, former wicketkeeper Matt Prior has claimed.

The three-time Ashes winner, who played in 79 Tests for England before retiring in 2015, added some insults had “rightfully” upset some players.

Australia players have admitted targeting the tourists with “smarter” sledging during the Ashes series.

However, they have denied their comments have overstepped the mark.