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No problem over sledging - Anderson

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James Anderson has "no problem" over sledging in the field during the current Ashes tour, the England bowler stated in his column in the Mail on Sunday.

Sledging provided ample talking points during the backlash of England's 381-run first Test defeat to Australia in Brisbane.

Jonathan Trott left the tour a day after the loss with a stress-related illness, while Australia captain Michael Clarke was fined for comments made towards Anderson.

However, the fast bowler indicated he has no issue with sledging and that it helps him concentrate to become a better player.

"The atmosphere during the last hour in Brisbane was as hostile as I have experienced," Anderson said. I have absolutely no problem about any of what the Australians were doing on the field, 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.

"It heightens my concentration. Certainly in the past few years I've developed it as a skill and it has helped me take the wickets I have.

"Sometimes, certainly after the game with what happened with Jonathan Trott, you sit down and think, is it actually that important?

"But when you're out there and batting, all you are concentrating on is trying to win the game and, in this case, one of the most important series in our careers."

The second Test takes place in Adelaide on December 5.

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