Anderson: My banter days are behind me


England fast bowler James Anderson says he'll be going into the Ashes with the intention of keeping his mouth shut, saying his days of sledging and 'banter' are behind him as the build-up heats up.

The pre-series media contest has been well under way for weeks, with David Warner and Joe Root the latest to engage, but Anderson, previously a chief instigator on the field, says he's trying to keep clear of that.

The Lancashire veteran, who recently became England's leading Test wicket-taker of all time, told The Sun: "It was something I used effectively for a few years and it helped my game.

"But I'm at a stage in my career where I'm not keen to engage opponents in wars of words as much as I did.

"The pre-Ashes phoney war has been in full swing for a while now and I've already been called a hypocrite.

"It's all because I said that verbal confrontations are not something I need as much these days. I've come to realise I don't need to chirp away."

He added of the reaction from the Aussies about this new attitude: "The response from Haddin and Johnson was that I should look in the mirror because I've started plenty of confrontations.

"Well, I'm not saying I didn't. What I am saying is that it's not something I rely on any more. We (England) are not going to seek out trouble, go looking for fights or start sledging."