Brisbane - Man-of-the-match Steve Smith vowed on Monday that
Australia will continue to play hard, aggressive cricket right through the
Ashes series after smashing England in the first Test in Brisbane.
Openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft sealed a 10-wicket
victory at the Gabba with an unbeaten opening stand of 173, a record in a
successful Test chase.
The Australian skipper said he does not expect the Jonny
Bairstow headbutt incident with Bancroft to spark any extra ill-feeling between
the two sides as the series moves to Adelaide for the second Test starting on Saturday.
But Smith warned there would be no let-up in the hosts'
aggressive approach, revealing that his team had used the issue to help remove
Bairstow for 42 in England's second innings.
The Australian skipper told reporters that his team used the
headbutt incident to force the England wicketkeeper "off his game".
"And I think it worked, with the way he got out. He got
caught at third man playing a pretty ordinary stroke," Smith said.
"We were just trying to get in his head and it happened to work."
The Bairstow-Bancroft incident happened in a Perth bar late
last month, but only came to light over the weekend.
Smith said the tactic was all part of playing uncompromising
cricket in the traditional Ashes battle.
"This has been a really good week for us. I thought we
played some really good cricket. We had to fight after the first couple of days
and to get the result we were after is very pleasing," the Australian
Ahead of the first-ever day-night Ashes Test starting on
Saturday at the Adelaide Oval, Smith warned that England's batsman could expect
another barrage from Australia's fast bowlers.
"The Adelaide wicket might bring some of their bowlers
into the game a little bit but having said that, it's probably one of the
quickest wickets in the country at night," he said.
"We saw how effective our bowlers could be when this
wicket quickened up a little bit, so it's exciting."