Former England captain Nasser Hussain is concerned Australia coach Darren Lehmann's inflammatory comments over Stuart Broad could lead to trouble off the field for the paceman in the return Ashes series Down Under.
Lehmann accused Broad of "blatant cheating" and has urged Australian cricket fans to make sure the bowler "cries and goes home" this winter.
The 27-year-old did not walk when he nicked a ball behind in the first Test, while he has also been accused of time-wasting tactics to benefit England when they have been up against it.
The Nottinghamshire man admitted this week that he knew he had hit the ball at Trent Bridge, while speaking of England's win-at-all-costs mentality.
That approach has not impressed Lehmann although Hussain feels the Australia coach may have overstepped the line with his comments.
"These boys go out on an evening, they don't sit in their hotel room," Hussain said on Sky Sports News.
"That's more likely where Broad will have to be careful because after these words, there might be some Aussie out there that, after having a few beers on an evening, wants to have a little go at Broad."
Tension is never far from the surface between these two sides and Hussain believes both camps will be wary of avoiding another fracas like the one earlier in the summer when David Warner was suspended from the Australia team for aiming a punch at Broad's England team-mate Joe Root at a Birmingham bar.
"Broad, especially after the Warner incident at a bar in Birmingham, and the management of Broad away from the cricket will have to be very, very careful," added Hussain, who played 96 Tests for England between 1990 and 2004.
"But these are grown men, they can look after themselves and know how to behave like England cricketers, hopefully."
Australian cricket commentator Jim Maxwell echoed Hussain's comments in his role with Test Match Special.
He said: "It's incendiary to be saying those sorts of things before a series in Australia. We know what happens when the boys get loaded up with a bit of juice at home and it could turn very ugly."
Former England spinner Phil Tufnell believes Lehmann was simply attempting to take the focus away from the problems of Australia, who have endured a forgettable Ashes campaign.
He told BBC Radio 5 live: "That is just Darren Lehmann. I'm sure they were said a little bit tongue in cheek. He feels his side is in the spotlight coming into this Test and he is trying to deflect a little bit of pressure off himself and the side. Make him cry and things? I'm sure they were said in jest."
Broad has angered Australian fans by helping England to their third successive Ashes win, with his brilliant bowling in the fourth Test securing victory on a dramatic fourth afternoon in Durham.
Yet Lehmann is disgusted by his conduct in this series and has encouraged the Australian fans to make sure that they let Broad know what they think of him when the next series starts on November 21 in Brisbane.
"Certainly our players haven't forgotten, they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past," Lehmann said of Broad's failure to walk in an interview given to Australia radio station Triple M.
"I hope the Australian public are the same because that was just blatant cheating. I don't advocate walking but when you hit it to first slip it's pretty hard.
"From my point of view I just hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole summer and I hope he cries and he goes home.
"I just hope everyone gets stuck into him because the way he's carried on and the way he's commented in public about it is ridiculous."
Broad's popularity with home fans is higher than ever, but Lehmann has no interest in indulging him and went on to accuse him of letting the umpires - much-maligned during the series - take the blame on his behalf.
"He hit it to first slip ... and the biggest problem there is the poor umpire cops all the crap that he gets in (the) paper and Stuart Broad makes them look like fools," he added.
"From my point of view it's poor, so I hope the public actually get stuck into him."
Speaking earlier this week Broad referred back to the Trent Bridge incident, admitting he knew he had nicked Ashton Agar's delivery but Broad claimed his failure to walk was not as clear-cut as it had been portrayed.
''It was an odd one. There was no particular noise because of the noise of Haddin's gloves,'' he said. ''It's a bit silly when people say it was nicked to slip because actually it was edged to the keeper's gloves and flew off the gloves to slip.
''I went down to the other end and Ian Bell was like 'what happened there, I didn't hear anything?' Agar came up to me and asked if I'd nicked it because he wasn't sure.
''So it wasn't as clear cut as everyone had thought, although I knew I'd hit it."
The England and Wales Cricket Board declined to comment when asked about the comments from Lehmann.