Sunday 18 February 2018

Anderson to carry on sledging

Nigel Whittaker

JAMES ANDERSON plans to keep on sledging, and insists he has no problem with anything said to him by the Australians so far during the Ashes.

Australia captain Michael Clarke was disciplined for telling Anderson he should 'get ready for a broken arm' when facing Mitchell Johnson in the first Test at the Gabba, where England suffered a 381-run defeat. But while Anderson said the atmosphere at the Gabba was one of the most hostile he has experienced, he does not expect – or want – anything to change for the rest of the series.

"I have absolutely no problem about any of what the Australians were doing on the field," he said.

"I probably dish it out more than most in the field, so I generally get it back more than most. I expect it and accept it."

Anderson claimed sledging was a 'skill' and a key part of what has made him the bowler he is today.

"I try to get myself into a battle," he explained. "It heightens my concentration. I've developed it as a skill and it has helped me take the wickets that I have."

Irish Independent

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