Before a single ball bowled has in the Ashes, the verbal bullying has already started. Retired Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne and started “sledging” England new-ball duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad. He warned them for plenty of – “sledging” – verbal abuse to come their way during the upcoming Ashes series.
In reply to James Anderson’s “positive” statement on the just concluded England, New Zealand series, retired spin great Shane Warne warned James Anderson in his column of Sunday Times.
On Wednesday, Anderson said he hoped the latest series between the arch-rivals could be played in the same spirit as England’s series with New Zealand.
In reply to Anderson, the retired leg-spin star Warne, in a column for Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper wrote: “Are you for real Jimmy? Seriously! This is the Ashes and I can tell Jimmy now that he is going to cop it from the Aussies more than anyone. When he is batting, it will be 11 against one in the middle.”
Anderson was infamously sledged by Australian captain Michael Clarke to “get ready for a broken f**king arm” during the first Test in Brisbane while batting as a tail-ender in the last Ashes played in Australian soil in 2013/2014.
“That was a really positive series and the nature of both sides’ cricket was helped by the spirit the game was played in,” Anderson said Wednesday.
“I reckon Michael Clarke and his team will carry on from the last (Ashes) series and give it to Jimmy and Stuart Broad.”
Warne added: “There isn’t anyone in world cricket who doesn’t know about Stuart Broad’s concerns with the short ball. If you had your time again Stuart, would you really have fessed up in public about this?
“When either of those two (Anderson and Broad) bat, the Aussie fielders will be like koalas round a eucalyptus tree.”
The first Ashes Test will start on July 8 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.