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“In the last few years I think I’ve developed it as a skill and it has helped me take the wickets that I have”
England pace bowler James Anderson has announced that he doesn’t have any plans to stop sledging after he was involved in a heated verbal conflict with Australia captain Michael Clarke towards the end of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.
Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for telling Anderson to “get ready for a broken f***ing arm”, but it was only after Anderson allegedly threatened to punch debutant George Bailey in the face.
“I have absolutely no problem about any of what the Australians were doing on the field,” he wrote in his column for the Mail on Sunday. “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.
“I try to get myself into a battle. It heightens my concentration. Certainly in the last few years I think I’ve developed it as a skill and it has helped me take the wickets that I have.”
However, Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers believes Anderson got what was coming to him since he was constantly exchanging words with numerous Australian players.
“He said a few words to me so it all comes around,” Rogers said. “It’s all part and parcel and I am sure he understands. It will be interesting to see how they react in this game.
“They got into us in England and they were probably due some. This is just another game and they will come hard at us. It may have been blown out of proportion a bit and I think England understand it happens in a game and all if fair out there.”
Speaking about Jonathan Trott, who recently pulled out of the Ashes series with a stress-related illness, Anderson stated that the national team still have what it takes to retain the Ashes for the fourth time in a row, a feat which they have not accomplished since the 1890s.
“Sometimes, certainly after the game with what happened with Jonathan Trott, you sit down and think, is it actually that important?” he said. “But when you’re out there and batting, all you are concentrating on is trying to win the game and, in this case, one of the most important series in our careers.”