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England pace bowler James Anderson has revealed that his altercation with India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test in Nottingham motivated him to start bowling more aggressively.
Anderson was hit with a Level 3 charge after verbally abusing and pushing Jadeja. But, he was found not guilty during a hearing following the third Test in Southampton and was cleared to play in the last two Tests.
“Possibly, in the last few games, I have concentrated more on being aggressive with the ball rather than my mouth,” Anderson, who took 25 wickets at an average of 20.60, said. “I think I tried to be as aggressive. Whether I tried to say any less, I don’t know. But I think the Jadeja incident made me more determined to perform on the field.
“At Southampton, when the stuff was going on around before and after the game (the Lancashire paceman had his hearing the day after England’s series-levelling victory), we were so focused on winning that game, and since then we’ve not let India back into the series.”
Anderson added that he doesn’t plan on cutting back on his aggression any time soon since he believes it is a key reason as to why he has taken 380 Test wickets.
Anderson now only needs four wickets to surpass legendary England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham as England’s leading wicket-taker in Tests.
“The reason I struggled, I think, in the early part of my career is because I was the timid, shy character that I am off the field when I was on it,” he said. “That didn’t help me. And working with people to try to get the best out of me, we found that it was best if I tried to be aggressive.
“What’s helped me in the last five or six years is the fact I’ve been aggressive on the field and had the odd word. I’ve tried not to cross the line. And that’s why the umpires are there to monitor that.”