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Anderson not backing off
11:11am Monday 2nd December 2013 in Sport
JAMES Anderson plans to keep on sledging, and insists he has no problem with anything said to him by the Australians so far.
Australia captain Michael Clarke was disciplined for telling Anderson he should get ready for a broken arm when facing Mitchell Johnson in the first Test at the Gabba, where England suffered a 381-run defeat.
But while Anderson said the atmosphere at the Gabba was one of the most hostile he has experienced, he does not expect, or want, anything to change for the rest of the series.
‘‘I have absolutely no problem about any of what the Australians were doing on the field,’’ he said.
‘‘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.’’ Anderson claimed sledging was a ‘skill’ and a key part of what has made him the bowler he is today.
‘‘I try to get myself into a battle,’’ he said. ‘‘It heightens my concentration. Certainly in the past few years I think I’ve developed it as a skill and it has helped me take the wickets that I have.’’ The level of sledging has come under scrutiny following Clarke’s comments – picked up by a stump microphone – and Jonathan Trott’s departure from the Tour following the opening Test with a stress-related illness.
Anderson admitted he had a moment’s pause, but resolved to continue.
‘‘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 batting, all you are concentrating on is trying to win.”
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