James Anderson: England pace bowler will not curb aggression

England seamer James Anderson says he will not curb his aggression as he closes in on Sir Ian Botham's Test wicket record for England.

Anderson, 32, took 25 wickets in the 3-1 series win over India to leave him three short of Botham's total of 383.

He was found not guilty of misconduct after being accused of pushing India's Ravindra Jadeja at Trent Bridge.

"What's helped in the last five or six years is I've been aggressive and tried to have the odd word," said Anderson.

"The reason I struggled in the early part of my career is because I was the timid, shy character that I am off the field, on the field.

Leading Test wicket-takers for England

Wickets

Average

Tests

Sir Ian Botham

383

28.40

102

James Anderson

380

29.72

99

Bob Willis

325

25.20

90

Fred Trueman

307

21.57

67

Derek Underwood

297

25.83

86

"To try and get the best out of me, that's what we found - to be aggressive."

India claimed Anderson pushed and verbally abused all-rounder Jadeja as the players left the field during the first Test, a level three breach of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) code of conduct which carried a maximum four-Test ban.

However, the Lancashire right-armer was cleared by an independent commissioner at a hearing held after the third Test, and the ICC chose not to appeal against the verdict despite a written complaint from India.

Anderson's new-ball spells then helped set up successive innings victories at Old Trafford and The Oval in the final two Tests as England swept to a first series win since last summer's Ashes.

He said the incident with Jadeja made him "more determined to perform on the field".

England's schedule before next summer

August-September 2014

5 ODIs & T20 v India (home)

November-December 2014

7 ODIs v Sri Lanka (away)

January-February 2015

ODI tri-series v Australia & India (in Australia)

February-March 2015

ICC World Cup (in Australia & New Zealand)

April-May 2015

3 Tests v West Indies (away)

"Perhaps in the last few games I've concentrated more on being aggressive with the ball rather than my mouth," he added.

England's next Test assignment is in the West Indies next April, and the Lancashire bowler will win his 100th cap if he plays in the first Test.

Asked about beating Botham's record, which has stood since 1992, Anderson said: "It's on people's minds.

"If I do get there I'll be happy that people will stop talking about it because it's driving me a bit mad."