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Anderson wants end to Ashes 'sledging'
Published : Friday, 26 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 12

London, June 25: James Anderson has called on both sides to ditch the verbals and cut out 'sledging' during the upcoming Ashes series between England and Australia.
New Zealand have just completed a tour of England which, although it ended in a 56-run Twenty20 defeat at Old Trafford on Tuesday, the Black Caps won praise both for the quality of their cricket and the way in which they conducted themselves on the field.
Significantly, they showed it was possible to play aggressive cricket without resorting to 'sledging' -- verbal abuse of opposition players -- and their approach had the knock-on effect of improving England's behaviour as well.
But doubts remain about whether the Ashes can be played in the same spirit, particularly if England feel obliged to match an Australia side who are never shy of a few words to their opponents.
"I hope it's played in the same nature as the New Zealand series, that was a really positive series and the nature of both sides' cricket was helped by the spirit the game was played in," England paceman Anderson told Sky Sports News on Wednesday.
But, in a sign of how tricky it is to agree on what is or isn't acceptable, Australia's Shaun Marsh, speaking ahead of the first Ashes Test against England in Cardiff on July 8, said Monday: "It is an Ashes series and I am sure there will be sledging from both teams, but I am also sure it will be in the spirit of the game."     AFP








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