MANCHESTER: Rival captains Alastair Cook and Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed very different approaches to the vexed question of verbal abuse ahead of the fourth Test between England and India at Old Trafford on Thursday.
The issue came to the fore after the International Cricket Council confirmed they would not appeal against the decision of judicial commissioner Gordon Lewis to clear England’s James Anderson over allegations he pushed and abused India’s Ravindra Jadeja in the Trent Bridge pavilion during the drawn first Test in Nottingham.But what is not in dispute is paceman Anderson’s fondness for ‘sledging’ out in the middle.
There have been several successful fast bowlers, including Anderson’s Lancashire and England predecessor Brian Statham (252 Test wickets at 24.84 and more than 2,200 first-class wickets at the scarcely credible average of 16.37) who rarely, if ever, ‘sledged’ or verbally abused a batsman.
When Anderson, now just 12 shy of Ian Botham’s England record of 383 Test wickets, started his international career he was not one for dishing out the ‘verbals’ but decided he needed to do so in order to get himself going.
And Cook doesn’t want his spearhead fast bowler to do anything different at Old Trafford — Anderson’s Lancashire home ground.
Source : APP