James Anderson says knighthood delay won’t stop Australia from Ashes sledging

England cricket great James Anderson has brushed off the “unusual” reason why he was snubbed for a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

The 38-year-old is due to one day become ‘Sir Jimmy’ after this year becoming the first pace bowler in history to take 600 Test wickets.

But a media report over the weekend claimed Anderson was being made to wait for his knighthood over fears Australia could use it as ammo for sledging during the 2021-22 Ashes series.

The delay is now likely to stretch beyond next summer given the 2021 honours will be announced after the Boxing Day Test between the old rivals.

But it hasn’t bothered Anderson, who said he had received no indications that his potential knighthood was being held over because of the upcoming Ashes.

“I thought it was a pretty unusual story,” he said of an article that claimed it would be ‘unwise’ to honour him before a series in Australia.

“I’ve not heard anything like that.”

James Anderson famously clashed with Michael Clarke in the 2013-14 Ashes series. Credit: Getty

Having already played Australia in 32 Test matches across eight series, Anderson knows the absence of three letters won’t make a difference regardless.

“I’m sure it won’t stop them sledging me anyway, to be honest,” he said.

“I pretty much get a big barrage when I go there anyway so I’m looking forward to that with or without that (knighthood).”

Then Australian captain Michael Clarke notoriously warned Anderson to ‘get ready for a broken f***ing arm’ during the 2013 Ashes series.

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