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Ashes: Steve Smith believes Chris Tremlett can pose Australia problems

Steve Smith: Wary of Chris Tremlett and Matt Prior

All-rounder Steve Smith believes Australia need to be "wary" of Chris Tremlett should he get the nod for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Tremlett looks set to join James Anderson and Stuart Broad in England's attack at the Gabba - with the 32-year-old moving ahead of Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin in the pecking order during the tour warm-up games.

Tremlett was rested for the victory over the Cricket Australia Invitational XI in Sydney, while England bowling coach David Saker has hinted that he will now start.

Smith expects plenty of chatter

And Smith knows the 6ft 7in Surrey pace ace, who took 17 wickets during the 2010/11 Ashes series, will pose Australia with plenty of problems.

"He obviously did a very good job for them the last time they were out here," said Smith. "He is definitely one we have to be wary of with his extra height and extra bounce.


"Their bowling attack is strong, all of them are experienced and we will have to bat well against them."

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Smith also claims Australia will be looking to stem the flow of runs from Matt Prior, with the England wicketkeeper averaging 42.36.

Prior had been a doubt for the first Test after suffering a calf strain in the draw with Australia A, however he has come through training on Monday unscathed and England's vice-captain is expected to start.

"He is an important player for them and has been for a long time," said Smith.

"He is certainly not one we take lightly, he can definitely get away from you with the bat so he is one we will have to target as well."

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