Tuesday 26 September 2017

Aussies vow no let-up in sledging

James Anderson of England and George Bailey (L) of Australia exchange words during day four of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England
James Anderson of England and George Bailey (L) of Australia exchange words during day four of the First Ashes Test match between Australia and England

Nick Hoult

Peter Siddle has said that James Anderson brought the sledging upon himself in the first Test and that the Australians will continue to heckle the English batsmen when the second Test starts in Adelaide next week.

Siddle said Anderson deserved to be targeted during the first Test when he was threatened with a broken arm and described him as the most vociferous sledger in the England side.

"Anderson brought it on himself. So fair's fair," Siddle said. "There was a lot of other stuff going on and James Anderson was in the thick of it and a culprit for it all happening.

"He is one of the leading wicket-takers in the world so he is happy to have a chirp but as long as Mitchell Johnson keeps bowling them around his ears that will quieten him up pretty quickly."

DISMAYED

England were dismayed when Cricket Australia decided not to punish David Warner for his outburst in which he described Jonathan Trott as "weak".

Darren Lehmann, the Australia coach, expressed sympathy for Trott but said Australia would not be changing their aggressive tactics and would not be sharing a post-match drink with their opponents until the end of the series.

The Australians feel they have been on the receiving end of English taunts for long enough and now they are playing in their back yard it is time for revenge.

"Jonathan Trott's gone home and I hope he gets well soon," said Lehmann.

"But we're still going to play really hard cricket, and that's what we're about. We copped a lot in England, and we didn't shy away from that. You expect it when you go away (from home).

"So I don't see what the difference is from England to here. That's just the way it goes.'' (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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