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England galvanized as a team ahead of 2nd test: Anderson

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England\'s cricket captain Joe Root (right) and head coach Trevor Bayliss smile as they walk off the ground as the England team arrives to train for their next Ashes test match in Adelaide on Friday. Australia will play England in the second cricket Test

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AP, Adelaide :
England paceman Jimmy Anderson says tensions between his team and Australia ahead of the second Ashes test have only helped strengthen the touring squad.
Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow head-butted Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft when the pair crossed paths at a Perth pub during England's first night on tour in Western Australia. But the story didn't break until late on the fourth day of the first test in Brisbane, after banter from the Australian fielders was picked up by a broadcaster via on-field microphones.
Both Bairstow and Bancroft have played down the incident, agreeing there was no malice in it. No disciplinary action was taken against Bairstow by England.
Some England players have been suspicious about how and when news of the head-butting incident went public, which was only after Australia got on top in the first test before cruising to a 10-wicket win.
"If anything, it will galvanize us as a group," Anderson said at the Adelaide Oval, venue for the first day-night test in Ashes history beginning Saturday. "We're all going to get behind Jonny, who is an important player in our team. If we need any more incentive to get back in the series, it will give us that."
Anderson has also accused the Australian players of concocting "a deliberate ploy to say things close to the stump (microphones) so it would be picked up by the media."
"It's kind of to be expected," Anderson said. "In an Ashes series there is always something that crops up and they waited until they were ahead in the game to do it. It's up to us to try to deal with that."
Australia swept England 5-0 the last time the Ashes was contested in Australia in 2013-14, rattling the touring batsmen with some fearsome fast bowling. The first test of this series was an even contest for the first three days, but captain Steve Smith's unbeaten 141 gave Australia the advantage and then his bowlers dismissed England for 195 in the second innings to set up a victory chase of just 170.
On Friday, England captain Joe Root said his squad was upset with Smith laughing heavily at the post-match news conference in Brisbane when Bancroft recounted, in often joking fashion, his initial meeting with Bairstow.
"If that's not motivation to the players I don't know what is. Seriously," Root said. "Hopefully that will work massively in our favor.  I know it's an Ashes series, there is a lot on the line and naturally you are going to be motivated."

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