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Tampering talk 'ridiculous' - Anderson

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Craig Smithson

James Anderson has said ball tampering accusations aimed at him from the Australian press during the fourth Ashes Test were 'crazy'.

The England pace bowler was picked up by television cameras using his thumb to remove dirt from the seam during the drawn Test match in Melbourne last week.

It resulted in the home press suggesting that Anderson was illegally altering the condition of the ball, which England coach Trevor Bayliss immediately denied and insisted there was no case to answer.

The 35-year-old bowler has now broken his silence about the incident and said: "It escalated quite quickly, didn't it? Ridiculous but what we've come to expect, crazy really."

Meanwhile, Anderson is looking for England to build on their improved display at the MCG and claim a final Test victory in Sydney to reduce the deficit to 3-1.

He added: "It's a horrible situation, because we thought we had a good chance of winning this series.

"Obviously it's not turned out that way but we'll just keep working hard and try to have one last push [and] get a result in Sydney.

"We've got a really strong group, a strong core of players, good management as well but it's just not worked.

"I'd feel disappointed for this group if we didn't get a win on this trip, because we've worked so hard."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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