Ashes: Steve Smith dismisses James Anderson’s pace questions
James Anderson said Australia lacked depth with their pacemen, but Steve Smith dismissed those claims ahead of the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne.Updated: Dec 25, 2017 16:42 IST
Steve Smith labelled James Anderson’s suggestions that Australia lacked depth with their pacemen as “rubbish”.
Star England seamer Anderson said the Ashes hosts, who hold an unassailable 3-0 series lead, had problems beyond their star pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
However, Smith – who confirmed Jackson Bird would replace Starc for the Boxing Day Test – said Anderson’s claims were wrong.
“Does he know that much about Australian domestic cricket? I’m not sure,” he told a news conference on Monday.
“I know there’s plenty of guys out there that could come in and really do a job for us.
“I think that’s rubbish to be honest.”
Australia have already reclaimed the urn and are eyeing a series whitewash ahead of the fourth Test starting on Tuesday.
Asked if his team wanted to humiliate England, Smith said he was only interested in winning.
“Humiliate? I just want to keep playing good cricket and winning games of cricket, that’s the key for us,” he said.
“Winning is a habit and we want to keep creating that winning habit.”
First Published: Dec 25, 2017 16:42 IST