Ashes 2017: Umpires told James Anderson ‘You should be able to handle short balls at Test level’

first_imgEngland pacer James Anderson is not expecting any freebies or much of good length deliveries in the next two Tests at Melbourne and Sydney from the Australians.Jimmy was struck on the side of his helmet in the Perth Test as the hosts rampaged their way to a 3-0 lead in the five-match Test series to regain the Ashes. He was later seen talking to the umpires and it looks like they advised the veteran pacer to expect this in Test match level.”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’. That is a clear message to get in the nets and practice against bouncers,” Anderson wrote in his column for the Telegraph.”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,” he added.Earlier, Former England captain Michael Atherton urged the umpires to invoke cricket’s laws and protect England batsmen from Australia’s relentless “bodyline” bowling. But Anderson didn’t walk down those lines and said that he is completely okay with it as they have done the same before to other teams.”We have bounced tailenders in this series and at other teams. The only time I think umpires should step in is if it is clear that a player cannot cope with them. Then the umpires should step in more,” said the 35-year-old.advertisementAustralia captain Steve Smith and paceman Pat Cummins have defended their team’s strategy and warned that the bouncer barrage will continue in the final two Tests at Melbourne and Sydney.”We know it will not stop in this series and playing the short ball better is one challenge for the final two Tests when we need to show some pride and prove to people we are not a walkover as a team,” Anderson added.England will expect some relief after Australia’s pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the Melbourne Test with a heel injury. (With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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