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Anderson wants to ditch sledging during Ashes series

Anderson wants a more gentleman-like approach in the Ashes. Credit: PA

James Anderson has called for England and Australia to ditch the sledging and bring the spirit of cricket to the Ashes.

Tensions are always high when the old rivals battle for the urn, with plenty of verbals flying from both sides.

Australia captain Michael Clarke memorably warned Anderson to "get ready for a broken f***ing arm" while batting during the 2013-14 Brisbane Test and the Lancastrian is renowned as a fiery competitor himself.

The recent series against New Zealand was played in even-tempered way and Anderson hopes that spirit can continue into the summer.

"I hope it's played in the same nature as the New Zealand series, that was a really positive series and the nature of both sides' cricket was helped by the spirit the game was played in," Anderson told Sky Sports News.

"(But) there's a different relationship between the two teams, the Ashes is a huge series for both sets of players.

"If there is needle, it's something I thought I thrived on or needed in the past but having played in the last few months, I think it's important we get the balance right of playing in the right spirit, but also having that competitive edge to win a game of cricket for your country."