England bowler Jimmy Anderson misses out on knighthood over Aussie “sledging” fears, it’s claimed

Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson missed out on a knighthood in the New Year Honours because he might be “sledged” during the next Ashes tour of Australia.

It was feared the Aussies would throw a torrent of abuse at England’s record wicket-taker, it is claimed.

Anderson is the first fast bowler in history to take more than 600 wickets.

The Times reports that cricket officials thought it “unwise” to honour the 38-year-old player while still a key part of the England team.

A source said:

“I don’t think we’d send out Jimmy Anderson to face the Australians with a knighthood.”

However, it’s reported an Anderson knighthood is merely on hold.

England’s record run-maker and captain Alastair Cook was awarded the honour in 2019 after retiring.

Sledging is when a player intimidates another with rude remarks about their inabaility to play.


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