Anderson says sledging played `important` role in making him England`s leading pace bowler

Sydney: England pace bowler James Anderson has said that he regards sledging as a skill that has played an important part in him becoming his nation`s all-time leading international wicket-taker.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Anderson revealed that he had absolutely no problem about any of what the Australians were doing on the field.

Anderson wrote in his column that he probably dishes out more than most in the field and so, he has to expect and accept it.

Anderson did not address an allegation, made public via Shane Warne, that the confrontation with Michael Clarke at the Gabba was sparked by him telling George Bailey, fielding near the bat with a helmet on, that he wanted to punch the Test new comer in the head, the report said.

However, he denied the suggestion that he had told batting partner Stuart Broad earlier in the first Test that he did not want to face a rampaging Mitchell Johnson, who was showing no mercy by bouncing tailenders with the same ferocity as he had the top and middle order, the report added.

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