However, Australian pacer Peter Siddle played down the incident during the post-match press conference, saying that the perceived sledging was “pretty tame”.
The incident occurred in the second session of a day which seemed to progress at a slow pace due to England’s low rate of scoring. The hosts, who already have a 3-0 advantage in the series, ambled along at a rate just above two runs per over as they looked to play Australia out of the match.
“People come to watch the cricket for a number of reasons,” said Root. “We need to play the situation. Fair credit to Australia they bowled well all day and made it hard to score fluently.
“The pitch is slow and hard to time the ball on. We have seen people like Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen score fluently but it was not that easy even for them. We have played pretty well to get to where we have.”
Siddle, meanwhile, said that Australia cannot control England’s rate of scoring.
“If they want to play the way they do, fine. We can’t control it,” said Siddle. “All we can control is getting wickets six wickets and see where the match ends up. We were just asking them what they were up to, if they were thinking of playing a few strokes or push the runs along. It was pretty tame really.”