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by Andrew Wood Thursday 30 November 2017
England pace bowler James Anderson believes getting Australian captain Steven Smith out early will be key for their chances to bounce back in the ongoing Ashes series.
Smith, who holds the top position in the ICC Rankings for batsmen notched an unbeaten 141 in the first game in Brisbane that helped Australia post 328 in the first innings despite being 76 for four at one stage.
The innings also proved to be the difference as Australia came from behind to register a 10-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Even though England managed to keep him quiet that saw Smith score just 17 runs in an entire first session on day three but the visitors were unable to dismiss him and it proved costly to their chances.
"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."
The second Test which will also be a day-night encounter will begin in Adelaide on 2nd December.
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