English fast bowler James Anderson has apologised to both the on-field umpires and admitted that his reaction towards them was ‘out of order’, in separate incidents after each pointed out he was running into the ‘danger area’ on the pitch in his follow-through.
The star pacer was warned twice for running on the pitch and his frustrations were evident as he spoke to on-field officials Bruce Oxenford and Joel Wilson. It was Bruce Oxenford who warned him twice in the same over – leaving him one more warning from being excluded from the bowling attack for the remainder of the Pakistan innings during the third Test at Edgbaston.
“It was a frustrating day,” Anderson said. “I had a bad half-hour where I let things get to me. I’ve apologised to both umpires as my behaviour wasn’t acceptable. It was a bit petulant.
“I wasn’t convinced that I had [run on the pitch], but Bruce had the third or fourth umpire in his ear telling him I was.
“Having seen my reactions on TV, it doesn’t look great when I’m pointing at the pitch. I don’t necessarily think it was what I said, it was just the way I behaved. I had a bad half-hour, I’ve apologised and hopefully, that will be the end of it.”
The English bowlers had a frustrating day as they could take only two wickets on the entire second day as the visitors reached a commanding position in the match after scoring 257 for 3 in reply to England’s first innings total of 297. Out of the three wickets, Anderson only managed one as he removed Mohammad Hafeez in the very first over of the day. He could have had dismissed Azhar Ali as well had Joe Root not spilled a catch at slip. Anderson admitted that the dropped catch also had a part to play in his behaviour.
“The dropped catch probably added to the frustration, but you have to try and deal with things like that,” he said. “There are going to be times when catches go down. There are going to be times when the opposition plays well, as they did today. They played really well. The pitch has lost some pace. It didn’t have the zip it had on the first day. But we did a good job.
“We created chances and it that catch had stuck, who knows what might have happened. There was some good bowling and some average batting that got us into this situation. Today I thought we bowled reasonably well. But we could have bowled slightly better. We had chances and we didn’t take them. At this level, you get punished if you don’t take your chances.”