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Sledging no longer interests James Anderson

Sledging doesn’t interest James Anderson anymore
James Anderson (left) maintains that having verbal volleys with the opponent players does not excite him anymore.
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England's pace spearhead James Anderson maintains that having verbal volleys with the opponent players does not excite him any more.

Anderson made his thinking clear last month when he had called for a sledging-free Ashes series - a comment that was taken with humour by his Australian counterparts.

While he admits having been a loud character on the field, Anderson stated that verbal aggression is something that no longer interests him.

"The pre-Ashes phoney war has been in full swing for a while now - and I've already been called a hypocrite," said Anderson in Monday's edition of The Sun.

"It's all because I said that verbal confrontations are not something I need as much these days.

“I've come to realise I don't need to chirp away.

"It was something I used effectively for a few years and it helped my game.

“But I'm at a stage in my career where I'm not keen to engage opponents in wars of words as much as I did."

Australians Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson found Anderson’s request to end sledging prior to the Ashes series as a very amusing statement.

The duo took a dig at Anderson’s past history on the field wherein the pacer had been involved in several incidents with the opponents.

While Anderson doesn’t deny his past record on the field, he also insisted that he wanted to change his style of approach.

"The response from Haddin and Johnson was that I should look in the mirror because I've started plenty of confrontations.

"Well I'm not saying I didn't. What I am saying is that it's not something I rely on any more.

"We (England) are not going to seek out trouble, go looking for fights or start sledging."

Anderson, who wasn’t a part of the England side for the One-Day International series last month, seemed pleased with the rest he had obtained.

Happy with his fitness, Anderson reveals that he is ready physically and mentally for the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.

"It's been nice to have time away from cricket and get my fitness in a good place.

“It's been nice meeting with the guys.

"We had a good practice and have two days to get overs in at the nets."

Anderson has 34 wickets against Australia at home from 10 Tests at a higher average of 35 - a record he will look to improve in this series.

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