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Watson ready to resume verbal battle with Anderson

June 21, 2012 - Sydney

Australia's vice-captain Shane Watson is ready to resume his verbal battle with England pacer James Anderson in the upcoming one-day series.

Anderson first started a verbal duel with Watson during the 2009 Ashes.

After being in the England team that was beaten in the 2006-07 Ashes series, Anderson has enjoyed success over the Australians in the past two series.

"That is always the enjoyable part of playing against England, high quality players and Jimmy especially. He is a world-class bowler and he has got a way of getting up people's skin as well," Watson said.

"That is the reason why you play cricket to play against those guys. We are all very excited about playing against Jimmy. It is a lot of fun and it really gets everything going," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.

The Australians opted not to train on Wednesday on the eve of Thursday's one-day tour opener against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Following the clash, Australia will head to Ireland for a one-day international in Belfast on Saturday.


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