Clarke is ‘paranoid’, says James Anderson

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“I can’t speak for anyone else but I was brought up to think that actions speak louder than words”

England pace bowler James Anderson has branded Australia captain Michael Clarke as “paranoid”, showing that tempers are already reaching boiling point ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on November 21.

Anderson’s comments come after Clarke suggested in his book, The Ashes Diary, that the pace bowler deliberately ignored him throughout the last Ashes series.

“I’m polite to all of the Englishmen and will say G’day to anyone,” Clarke wrote. “James Anderson is the one who prefers not to talk to me.

“I didn’t read his book, but from what I heard, he had a crack at me.

“That’s fine. He’s a fast bowler, and if I was his captain I’d want to see a bit of mongrel in him too.”

However, Anderson was quick to deny the claims made by Clarke, and said: “No. I think he is possibly being a bit paranoid. I’ve nothing against him at all. To be honest I don’t remember seeing him many times outside a game situation so if he goes on how I behave in the field, he might think that, I don’t know.

“I can’t speak for anyone else but I was brought up to think that actions speak louder than words.

“We will try to concentrate on performing well in these games and how we are going to try to beat the Australians. That’s where it matters, on the field, and that is where we will try to show people what we are about.”

Anderson also recalls how he “cuffed” Clarke with a pad after having a few drinks during the 2006-07 Ashes series.

“As I’d had a couple of beers, I didn’t need a second invitation,” Anderson said. “So I picked this pad up and cuffed Clarke with it, making the biggest thud imaginable in the process, and causing everyone in the room to stop nattering. For a split second, there was complete silence.

“‘What the f*** ya doing?’ he (Clarke) snarled.

“While others chatted with opposite numbers about the game, Clarke was being a complete pain, whistling away to himself and carrying on in a most arrogant manner.”

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