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James Anderson reveals conversation with umpires about Australia's bouncer approach

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The series may be lost, the Ashes returned and egos and pride severely dented but England's leading wicket-taker in Test cricket is determined to improve one aspect of his game in preparation for the final two tests in Melbourne and Sydney.

Some commentators felt that the fearsome Aussie pace attack were contravening the spirit of the game by subjecting the English tail to a series of bouncers which has left them bruised and battered.

The English lower order has been hopelessly exposed by their inability to fend off the fast bowlers as they have adopted the ill-advised rabbit in headlights approach to batting.

Anderson was struck on the head during the third Test, however, has no issue with the Aussie approach and revealed even the umpires have suggested the English tail need to work hard on their technique in the nets before confronting the short-pitched ball.

"I have actually chatted to the umpires about it during this series and they say at Test level you should be able to handle short balls," Anderson wrote in his column for The Telegraph.

"That is a clear message to get in the nets and practice against bouncers. I was not quizzing the umpires or asking them to stop it happening. I was just interested in their opinion.

"I guess we just need to get better at playing them. I have no problem with that. It is part and parcel of the game.

"When I was hit on the side of the head it was the first ball of my innings and I just did not get into a great position to play the shot."

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The Lancashire player, who has taken 518 test wickets but boasts a rather more modest batting average of 10, has struggled to impose himself on the Australian batsmen in this series but has still been the pick of the English attack.

He will be hoping that England will not be too reliant on his endeavors with the bat for the remainder of the series but is prepared for the challenge of dealing with the inevitable short ball onslaught coming his way.

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