Sledging is a skill: Anderson

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The First Ashes test was overshadowed by a sledging row; Jonathan Trott left the tour due to a stress-related illness, Michael Clarke was fined for insulting James Anderson and many little on-field spats plagued Australia's 381-run win.

However, this won't change the plans of England fast-bowler James Anderson, who said in his Mail on Sunday column: "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.  

"What happened on the field is how the game is, and not one of our players or management uttered one word of complaint. I regard sledging, chirping, whatever you want to call it, as one of the weapons at my disposal. I think my bowling is helped by the way I go about things.

"I try to get myself into a battle. It heightens my concentration. Certainly in the past few years I think I have developed it as a skill and it has helped me take the wickets that I have."

Michael Clarke was fined 20% of his match fee after he told Anderson to "get ready for a broken arm" as Mitchell Johnson was preparing to bowl. Johnson, who enjoyed sensational match figures of 9-103 as he ripped through England's batting line-up, later claimed that Australia's attitude would not change.

On the Trott issue, Anderson added:"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."

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has already pointed out that Australia will not use Jonathan Trott as a sledging topic, and he said: "That certainly won't be talked about in this Test match."

He added: "We wish him all the best in his recovery."

The second test starts at the Adelaide Oval on December 5th, and it promising to be a mouth-watering contest as England look to put their display in the opening test behind them.

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