England captain Alastair Cook says sledging doesn’t escape his attention but he just has to move on and focus on the next ball.
Sledging does affect you at Test level.
You just have to put it out of your thoughts and focus on the next ball, according to England Test captain Alastair Cook.
“Anyone who says they’ve never been affected by sledging is lying,” Cook said on Wednesday.
“Something will always be said or done which will distract you for that split second.
“You might listen to it and get a little bit annoyed.
“But then you’re like, right, how do I make sure I’m focusing on the next ball.
“It’s how you deal with the next ball which is whether you can cope with sledging.”
ICC match referee Jeff Crowe has spoken to Cook and Australia’s Michael Clarke after the events of last month’s first Test in Brisbane, where Clarke was fined 20 per cent of his match fee.
The Nine Network broadcast audio of Clarke telling England tailender Jimmy Anderson to get ready for a “f**king broken arm”.
“It’s important that both sides recognise a couple of scenes in that last game weren’t great for the game of cricket,” Cook said.
“Both sides recognise that. It’s important we play in the right way.
“People want to see real tough cricket.
“Maybe we let emotion get ahead our ourselves a little bit on some occasions and it became a little bit ugly.
“Michael and I have responsibility as captains to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Adelaide’s re-developed stadium is sold out for the first four days of the Test which starts on Thursday, with crowds of over 33,000 expected. The home team are hoping for the same lift they got out of the Brisbane fans.
Cook says playing in Australia is a hostile environment, but it’s best to let your cricket do the talking. That means winning.
“In that last game we didn’t do ourselves justice and they got on top and that’s what home supporters do when you get on top,” Cook said.
With uncapped Gary Ballance looking a likely inclusion at No.6, Cook admits his senior men have to stand up and deliver.
“Most of the time, you look at a lot of the Test victories or good wins, it’s the senior players who lead it,” Cook said.