Steven Smith: James Anderson's is the biggest sledger

Dec 02, 2017, 15:06 IST | PA Sport

Steven Smith has hit back at James Anderson's suggestion that Australia are acting like bullies in their Ashes sledging campaign, claiming the England paceman is "one of the biggest sledgers in the game"

Steven Smith has hit back at James Anderson's suggestion that Australia are acting like bullies in their Ashes sledging campaign, claiming the England paceman is "one of the biggest sledgers in the game". Smith was also keen to clarify to England captain Joe Root that there was no intent to mock the tourists as he and Cameron Bancroft laughed their way through their victory press conference after the first Test at the Gabba.

Steven Smith
Steven Smith

On the eve on the second Test, an inaugural day-night Ashes match at the Adelaide Oval, the Australia captain found himself accounting for his team's line of verbal attack on the pitch against Jonny Bairstow.

James Anderson
James Anderson

He was also asked to respond to Anderson's observations in his newspaper column, and said: "I think it's interesting coming from Jimmy, calling us bullies and big sledgers. "I think he's one of the biggest sledgers in the game, to me in particular. I remember back in 2010, when I first started and wasn't any good, he was pretty happy to get stuck into me then."

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