England bowler James Anderson has insisted that he has "no problem" with Australia's intense sledging in the first Ashes Test as he believes it is a skill.
However, Anderson, who recorded match figures of 2-140 in the 381-run defeat at Brisbane, has claimed that sledging is a tool that he has used to help him become one of England's greatest ever bowlers.
He wrote in his Mail on Sunday column: "It heightens my concentration. Certainly in the past few years I've developed it as a skill and it has helped me take the wickets I have.
"I have absolutely no problem about any of what the Australians were doing on the field, I probably dish it out more than most in the field, so I generally get it back more than most. I expect it and accept it."
Anderson has taken 331 Test wickets, second only to Ian Botham in England's all-time standings.