Anderson reveals Smith target

01 December 2017 02:31:37 GMTPlus11

James Anderson has confirmed that taking the wicket of Australia captain Steve Smith will be England's main priority in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

The Baggy Greens took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series courtesy of a 10-wicket wicket victory in Brisbane with Smith's unbeaten first innings score of 141 vital to their success.

So, getting him out here will be crucial. Hopefully more pace in the wicket might help us, but we've just got to be as relentless as we possibly can to someone like that.

James Anderson

And looking ahead to the day-night showdown, which gets under way on Saturday, Anderson feels it is imperative that England prevent Smith knocking up another big total.

"He was the difference between the two teams. That first-innings lead would've been huge for us," said Anderson.

"So, getting him out here will be crucial. Hopefully more pace in the wicket might help us, but we've just got to be as relentless as we possibly can to someone like that.

"Obviously, the plans to him, I wouldn't say they didn't work, but we didn't get him out, so they worked to an extent.

"We dried his runs up and made him work really hard for his hundred but obviously we want to get him out."

Anderson is also confident that the players can cope with any sledging from the Australia camp after details of Jonny Bairstow's 'headbutt' greeting to Australia opener Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar came to light via the on-field microphone in the first Test.

"We're all going to get behind Jonny, who is an important player in our team," he added. "When someone is trying to get under my skin in all walks of life it makes me more determined to succeed.

"It is up to us individually and as a group to stick together and know that we are not here to roll over."

England are 3.50 to win the second Test, while Australia are priced at 1.66 with Smith 7.00 to claim the man of the match award and the draw is available at 6.00.

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