Australia captain Steve Smith described England’s James Anderson as “one of the biggest sledgers in the game” on Friday as the heat rose off-field at the Adelaide Oval on the eve of the second Test.
“I read the article, and it’s interesting coming from Jimmy, calling us bullies and big sledgers,” Smith told reporters.
“I think he’s one of the biggest sledgers in the game, to be perfectly honest with you.
“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. Pretty interesting coming from Jimmy.”
Anderson took 24 wickets when England retained the Ashes 3-1 in Australia in 2010-11, while Smith managed a high score of 54 not out in three Tests over the series.
In Brisbane last week, though, Anderson managed two wickets at the cost of 77 runs while Smith put together a match-turning innings of 141 not out.