Chris Rogers has rejected criticism of Australia's on-field behaviour and insists the team will not change their aggressive approach.
Broadcaster Jonathan Agnew voiced his displeasure at the way Australia conducted themselves during the recent 2-0 Test series victory over India.
The series was the first Australia were involved in since the tragic death of batsman Philip Hughes, who was killed after being struck by a bouncer.
Although there were a number of heated incidents between the players of Australia and India, veteran opener Rogers believes the teams also showed plenty of respect for each other.
"Looking from the outside it looks like a few flashpoints and a bit of spite but that's just the nature of Test cricket," he said.
"Everyone goes out there and competes as hard as they can. At times the anger does rise to the surface.
"I'd like to think it was pretty hard-fought but everybody afterwards still gets on and what happens on the field stays on the field.
"I think there was still a lot of respect. India gave as good as they got and we like that, we enjoyed the way they played. Everyone is desperate to win and sometimes these things happen.
"With the fast bowlers we have in our side, it's about being aggressive, getting to the opposition. I wouldn't think things would change particularly with the Ashes coming up."
Agnew's comments have drawn an angry response from certain quarters in Australia.
He wrote in The Radio Times: "I really hoped that out of this tragedy might have come some good. But the players haven't behaved any better, and I think that's a real disappointment.
"The onus is on Australia to lead the way, and for others to grasp the opportunity. We owe it to Phillip Hughes."