Sledging is not a big problem, says James Anderson

"I think it's quite entertaining when it's done in the right manner"

“I think it’s quite entertaining when it’s done in the right manner”

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England pace bowler James Anderson believes that sledging is not as big a problem as people are making it out to be.

Anderson’s comments come after Australia opener David Warner was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for verbally abusing India batsman Rohit Sharma.

However, Anderson stated that players should continue to be fined if they are found guilty of sledging.

“Of course there is a line and all players are very aware of that,” he said. “I don’t think at the moment there is any more sledging than there’s been in the history of cricket – it’s gone on for years.

“I don’t think it should disappear from the game. I think it’s quite entertaining when it’s done in the right manner. I think guys have got to use their heads a little bit and be a bit smart about what is said on the field, if anything is said at all. But you don’t want to take away the aggression from teams.

“I’m not sure about (a card system). At the moment if you cross that line the umpires are within their rights to give either a fine or a ban.

“I don’t want to get fined or banned, so I’m more than happy with that rather than red or yellow cards.”

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