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Anderson sorry for snapping at umpires

By David Clough

Published 05/08/2016

Apology: James Anderson said his behaviour was out of order
Apology: James Anderson said his behaviour was out of order

James Anderson has apologised for his 'unacceptable' behaviour on day two of the third Investec Test, but may still face censure from match referee Richie Richardson.

Anderson admitted his reaction to both on-field umpires was "out of order", in separate incidents after each pointed out he was running into the prescribed 'danger area' on the pitch in his follow-through.

It was Bruce Oxenford who officially warned him twice in the same over - leaving him one more admonishment from being excluded from the attack for the remainder of a Pakistan innings which reached 257 for three by stumps at Edgbaston.

But Anderson's response in an initial exchange with Joel Wilson, in his morning spell from the pavilion end, made especially uncomfortable viewing as he appeared to dispute the umpire's judgment and snatched his cap from him at the end of the over.

England endured a collectively frustrating day, as Pakistan moved into position to press for a significant first-innings lead in reply to their hosts' 297 all out - thanks to a second-wicket stand of 181 between Azhar Ali (139) and Sami Aslam (82).

Anderson said: "I had a bad half-hour where I let things get to me. I've apologised to both umpires, because my behaviour wasn't acceptable.

"I know I was out of order for the way I behaved. It wasn't acceptable and it was petulant."

It was after watching himself on television replay that Anderson - also reprimanded by the match referee earlier this summer for 'disrespecting' umpire Sundaram Ravi in the Lord's Test against Sri Lanka - realised an apology was necessary.

"Having seen my reactions on TV, it doesn't look great when I'm pointing at the pitch," he added. "I don't think it was necessarily what I said, just the way I behaved. I apologised and hope that will be the end of it."

As for Wilson's first intervention, Anderson is unconvinced - but concedes he must accept the umpire's judgment.

Azhar, out to the last ball of the day, played well enough to be able to celebrate his first century outside Asia in Pakistan's self-styled manner this summer, with a dressing-room salute and press-ups.

England face an uphill struggle to avoid going 2-1 down with one to play. But Anderson said: "It was nice to get that wicket at the end, just to put a smile on a couple of the lads' faces.

"But we need to bowl well in the morning, to try to get back in this game - because at the moment we're on the back foot."

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