Steve Smith hits back at Jimmy Anderson over Ashes ‘bully’ claims

• Australia captain brands Anderson ‘one of biggest sledgers’
• Paceman had criticised Australia for sledging Bairstow in first Test

Steve Smith has hit back at Jimmy Anderson’s suggestion that Australia are acting like bullies in their Ashes sledging campaign, claiming the England seamer is “one of the biggest sledgers in the game”.

Smith was also keen to clarify to the 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.

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