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Frustrated Anderson apologises for his behaviour with umpires

James Anderson (right) was warned twice for running on the pitch on day two.
James Anderson (right) was warned twice for running on the pitch on day two.
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England pace bowling spearhead James Anderson has tendered an apology for his unruly behaviour with the on-field umpires during the second day’s play of the third Test against Pakistan in Birmingham.

On a testing day for the England bowlers, Anderson had a few run-ins with the on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Bruce Oxenford.

During his spells on the second day, Anderson repeatedly transgressed the danger area despite receiving friendly cautions from the umpires.

Anderson was warned twice for running on the pitch and his frustrations were evident as he spoke to on-field officials Oxenford and Wilson.

For his behaviour towards the umpires, Anderson faces a potential fine from the International Cricket Council (ICC) as his actions can be considered as a level one breach of the code of conduct.

Nevertheless, Anderson was quick to realise that his behaviour was “petulant” and “unacceptable” and revealed that he had apologised to both the umpires after the day ended.

“I’ve apologised for my behaviour to the umpires,” said Anderson.

“I was probably a bit out of order. It can get a bit frustrating as I’m competitive.

“It was a frustrating day and I had an hour and a half where I let it get to me.

“I have apologised to both umpires and my behaviour was unacceptable. A bit petulant.

“I think having seen my reactions on the TV it doesn’t look great pointing at the pitch.
“It was the way I behaved didn’t look great.

“My competitive edge has helped me through my career and I know at times I can get close to that line.

“I try and control it but I don’t want to lose my competitive edge. I just try and get wickets.”

Off Anderson’s bowling, Joe Root dropped Azhar Ali, who went on to make 139 runs, 101 runs more than the score he was dropped on.

It was Azhar’s knock that kept Pakistan in control of the proceedings on day two and Anderson admitted that the dropped catch left him frustrated.

“It probably added to it but you have to deal with it,” Anderson said of the life offered to Azhar.

“Not every catch will be taken and there are going to be times when the opposition play well.

“On days like that the frustration can add up.”

Though Pakistan reduced their deficit to just 40 runs and have seven wickets in hand, Anderson believes that England can come back into the game with a few quick wickets in the first session of the third day.

“We have a new ball and we have a crucial hour in the morning.

“If we get three quick wickets in that first innings we’re back in the game.”

Earlier in June, Anderson was reprimanded by the ICC for his behaviour towards umpire Sundaram Ravi during the third Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.

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