England spearhead James Anderson says he's planning on adding sledging to his already formidable repertoire this Ashes series.

The man Australia fear the most believes it's time for him to assert himself as the premier bowler in world cricket and be more aggressive on the field.

England certainly have plenty of ammunition to fire off when it comes to verbal battles.

Australia have had David Warner suspended and Mickey Arthur sacked before the series has even commenced and their batting line-up is still plagued by uncertainty and inexperience.

Anderson has more than 300 wickets to his name and decimated Australia in the last Ashes series of 2010-11, and has usually let his incredible skill do most of the talking.

But the 30-year-old says he intends to get in the face of the Australians.

"What I've tried to work at over the last few years is trying to impose myself on batsmen," Anderson told The Times.

"At certain times I might go a little bit more aggressive with maybe some sort of verbals or something. In the past it's been when I get frustrated that the anger comes out and emotion comes out and having a go at batsmen.

"I won't pretend that what I say is either witty or intelligent or thoughtful - it's just something that comes out. If that sort of thing comes naturally to you then you should try and channel it, use it to your advantage. If it doesn't come naturally then you can look very stupid."

Recalled opener Chris Rogers has faced plenty of Anderson in English county cricket and said Australia's batsmen must come into face the England superstar with a plan.

Without a gameplan, Rogers says Anderson simply has too much variation to not take wickets.

"With Anderson you know it's a battle of skill and he's such an exceptional bowler and he can swing them both ways," Rogers said.

"You have to have your game plan ready and know he has that ability. If you don't he's going to catch you out.

"I've been thinking about how to play him, but they have an excellent all-round bowling attack."

Rogers said the hype around the England attack was justified and that on their day, they're the best in Test cricket.

However, Rogers said his Middlesex teammate Steve Finn has been off his game this season, and Stuart Broad is only newly back from a shoulder problem.

England's attack are exploitable and former Test quick Damien Fleming says Australia's top three will be crucial in how they nullify Anderson.

"Anderson is a class act. We all know that. He's going to get at least 20-30 wickets," Fleming said.

"What we need him doing is bowling to our middle order with an older ball. The top three have got a really big job to do.

"The secret to Broad is when he bowls full he's a big chance. When he's too short you've got too much time.

"But the other guys aren't flying. Finn, he's just going at the moment, Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett have fallen by the wayside a little ... I think our fast bowling stocks actually rank pretty well against their's."

 

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