Ashes 2017-18: James Anderson plays down ball tampering claims

Anderson has also received support from coach Trevor Bayliss in the case.

Anderson has rubbished all ball tampering claims. (Getty)

England so far has had a forgetful year ahead as they not only lost the Ashes urn but have also found themselves amidst unwanted criticism and controversy. Several of their players have been charged with various unfortunate charges which has brought a bad name to the cricket in the country.

Among the most recent ones, James Anderson who was charged with ball tampering claims in the fourth Test in Melbourne has rubbished all the claims.

"It escalated quite quickly, didn't it?" Anderson said in comments published by Britain's The Telegraph newspaper. "Ridiculous, but what we've come to expect.(I was) getting dirt off the ball. They'd watered the square so the footholes on the old wickets had mud.We went to the umpires to make sure they were happy with it."

Anderson's comments echoed those of Bayliss, who said the umpires had told him on Saturday the accusations were a 'beat-up'.

Anderson concluded by saying that with nothing to lose in the final Test match at Sydney, England will go all guns blazing for a victory and start the new year on a good note.

"We have played well at times in all four tests," Anderson said. It would be nice if we can carry that on and have one last push at Sydney and try to get a win.It would mean a lot to the lads and all the English support we've had over here. You see them just non-stop and it means a lot to us that sort of support” concluded the England pacer.

By Anshuman Roy - 01 Jan, 2018

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