Sport Smith sledges worked for England: Anderson

01:06  06 december  2017
01:06  06 december  2017 Source:   msn.com

'Where do England go from here?'

  'Where do England go from here?' Ashes commentators Mark Taylor and Ian Healy review the first Ashes Test following Australia's convincing ten wicket victory at the Gabba.Australia took the honours at the Gabba by a whopping ten wickets with Cameron Bancroft and David Warner combining to cruise to victory before lunch on the last day.

England paceman Jimmy Anderson says a calculated effort lured Australia captain Steve Smith into distraction when they sledged him during the pink-ball "I think it did work yeah, because we got him out quite cheaply," Anderson said. "I think picking the right time to do something like that, just trying

04:10 14 december 2017 Source: nowtolove.com.au. Smith sledges worked for England : Anderson . England veteran Jimmy Anderson has played down suggestions Australia have crossed the line with their sledging during the Ashes.But the wily veteran, who accused Australia of "bullying"

England's James Anderson, center, holds up the ball after taking 5 wickets against Australia during the fourth day of their Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide.© AP Photo/Rick Rycroft England's James Anderson, center, holds up the ball after taking 5 wickets against Australia during the fourth day of their Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide. Jimmy Anderson says a calculated England lured Steve Smith into distraction when they sledged him during the pink-ball Ashes Test.

But the wily veteran, who accused Australia of "bullying" after the first Test in Brisbane, has played down suggestions Smith's side went too far with their own on-field barbs.

Former England wicketkeeper Matt Prior this week claimed Australia's antagonism had crossed the line.

"A lot that's gone on that I think the England players are quite upset about, and rightfully from what I've heard," Prior told the BBC.

Anderson flagged concerns about bouncers

  Anderson flagged concerns about bouncers Jimmy Anderson spoke with umpires in Brisbane about whether Australia were bowling dangerously, but Joe Root says his tailenders must handle bouncers better.Anderson was one of the tailenders peppered with bouncers throughout the first Test in Brisbane, where the ploy worked beautifully for Australia.

Steve Smith has dismissed James Anderson ’s suggestion that sledging led to his downfall with 40 and six in his two innings and Anderson claimed England made him focus on sledging rather than his job. ‘It did work [looking to get in his head] because we got him out quite cheaply,’ Anderson said

The England pacer feels he still has a point to prove to those who think he is near retirement.

"There's been a lot of chat on the pitch that hasn't got anything to do with cricket and quite frankly shouldn't be on a cricket pitch."

Anderson on Tuesday evening said he was in the dark about his former teammate's comments.

"I'm not (aware) actually, no," Anderson said.

Comment: Ashes 2017/18: Steve Smith bowled by Craig Overton after stoush with Anderson, Broad

  Comment: Ashes 2017/18: Steve Smith bowled by Craig Overton after stoush with Anderson, Broad England went hard at the Australian captain once he came to the middle at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.Fired up by the giggling of Steve Smith at a Brisbane press conference, England had the last laugh against the Australian captain on a heated opening evening of the day-night Ashes Test that for the first time in this series showed he is human.

While England have executed their bowling plans to Australia's batsmen astutely so far this summer, the tactic to target rival captain Steve Smith with sledging has worked wonders, according to veteran paceman James Anderson .

"Is he here?"

The 35-year-old has been a leading player in hostilities between the two sides.

He and fellow pace veteran Stuart Broad openly targeted Smith throughout his knock of 40 in Australia's second innings at Adelaide Oval.

Anderson said it was mission accomplished for England when Smith fired back at the tourists and appeared to lose focus.

"I think it did work yeah, because we got him out quite cheaply," Anderson said.

"I think picking the right time to do something like that, just trying to get someone out of their little bubble and unsettle them is a good thing.

"At that point in time Steve seemed more interested in having a chat with me and Stuart then actually focusing on his job, so that's a job well done from our point of view."

Anderson noted that Australia had been "fairly quiet" while England fought their way back into contention in Adelaide.

Australia's bowling coach David Saker also downplayed the verbal battle between the two sides.

"There's so much franchise cricket now, they get to know each other, they're quite friendly with each other. That's why I don't think it's as bad as it maybe used to be," he said.

COMMENT: Ashes 2017-18: England need to focus on cricket, not sledging, say retired stars .
Former Australian Test players believe England needs to focus on the cricket and not the sledging.That's the opinion of several retired Australian Test cricketers who believe the chatter out on the field this summer has been no different to what's gone before in more than a century of cricket between the great foes.

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