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England legend James Anderson 'missed out on knighthood in the New Year Honours list due to fears of Australia sledging during the Ashes' Officials believed it would be unwise to honour him while he was still playing Anderson became the first fast bowler to take 600 wickets in Tests last summer England's leader wicket-taker is likely to be made a 'Sir' after he retires

By David Wood for MailOnline

Published: 17:28 GMT, 3 January 2021 | Updated: 17:30 GMT, 3 January 2021

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England's record wicket taker James Anderson reportedly missed out on a knighthood in the New Year Honours list due to fears of Australia sledging during the Ashes series.

Officials believed it would be unwise for the 38-year-old bowler to be honoured while he was still playing, according to The Times.

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There were fears the Australians might attempt to the use the situation to unsettle Anderson during the Ashes later this year.

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