Australia’s Tim Paine hails Ashes hero Steve Smith

Ruben Hill
September 11, 2019

England paceman James Anderson hopes to overcome a calf problem that forced him out of the Ashes series and will aim to return for their tours of New Zealand and South Africa later this year. "Whether there's anything specific I can do; diet, gym programme, supplements, whatever it might be". "I feel in really good condition". The big improvement in the one-day game overshadows the work we've tried to do with the Test team. I still feel like I can be the best bowler in the world'.

Peter Siddle has returned fire at Steve Harmison over his comments about Steve Smith cheating.

"He sent me that pic, I woke up to that pic this morning, saying he'd done it in honour of me", Rogers said on The Grade Cricketer podcast.

Jimmy Anderson has bemoaned the preparation of pitches that suit Australia during this Ashes, also revealing he would consider a vegan diet in an effort to prolong his Test career.

'It's just been a big disappointment, the whole thing for me.

"I actually have chatted that through with my wife, but she's not keen!" But if you dwell on that, you send yourself insane, so I'm trying to park things like that'.

0:34                                            James Anderson says that Test captain Joe Root must share the 'same vision' as the next England head coach
0:34 James Anderson says that Test captain Joe Root must share the 'same vision' as the next England head coach

Steve Harmison, right, was one of the members of the 2005 Ashes-winning England squad to reunite during this year's series. "I think they've probably suited Australia more than us". 'I would have liked to have seen a bit more grass, but that's the nature of the game here. We might see some changes through the winter but a few of the guys looked like they were trying to do the right thing and gutsed it out and did well on the at last day [at Old Trafford], so we've made a decision to give them another opportunity.

"When you're selling out - like Lancashire selling out five days of Test cricket - it's hard not to produce a flat deck", he said. I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team'.

And, with the freshly commissioned batch of 2018 Dukes ball failing to swing, Anderson believes everything played into Australia's hands.

"We've got the best fast bowler in the world (Pat Cummins) and the best Test batsman in the world", he told Sky Sports. It's quite simple what they do, but it's really effective, because they do it so consistently'.

Smith was photographed with a pair of glasses like those worn by the England bowler.

Australia retained the Ashes urn with victory in Anderson's home ground, the Old Trafford in Manchester, taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. "If you think about it that way, the selections we couldn't have got it too wrong".

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