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Legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne has called on England’s pace duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson to be prepared for plenty of sledging during the upcoming Ashes series.
Broad should also expect to be peppered with a barrage of bouncers from Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Ryan Harris after he admitted that he was not comfortable with short-pitched bowling.
Anderson meanwhile is hoping that the series will be played in the right spirit, but conceded that he still remembers Australia captain Michael Clarke telling him to “get ready for a ******* broken arm” during the first Test of the last Ashes series in 2013-14, which Australia won via a 5-0 whitewash.
Responding to Anderson’s comments for the players to be more respectful towards each other, Warne wrote in his column for the Sunday Times: “Are you for real Jimmy? Seriously! This is the Ashes and I can tell Jimmy now that he is going to cop it from the Aussies more than anyone. When he’s batting, it will be 11 against one in the middle.
“I reckon Michael Clarke and his team will carry on from the last (Ashes) series and give it to Jimmy and Stuart Broad.
“There isn’t anyone in world cricket who doesn’t know about Stuart Broad’s concerns with the short ball. If you had your time again Stuart, would you really have fessed up in public about this?
“When either of those two (Anderson and Broad) bat, the Aussie fielders will be like koalas round a eucalyptus tree.”