Australia call back Steve Waugh in search for sealing the Ashes
Australia have brought back former World Cup winning captain Steve Waugh to mentor the team ahead of the fourth match of the Ashes which will be held at Manchester on Wednesday, 4 September.
Waugh was present in the first two tests spontaneously. But after that he flied back Australia as he was scheduled to service the team in the first two tests only. Except this, Australia had called up the greatest captain in the Test history of cricket Steve Waugh after their shocking defeat in the previous test at Headingly.
“He was scheduled to come until the finish of the second Test however he appreciated it so much and we saw such incredible incentive in having him here,” coach Justin Langer said.
“Folks like Punter [Ricky Ponting] and Steve Waugh, in addition to the fact that they have an extraordinary nearness in the team, however they are incredible therapists. They’ve been in the cauldron previously, they’ve seen everything, so to have that those sort of folks, we are looking at creating initiative in Australian cricket, to have our folks to gain from individuals of that gauge is significant present moment,” he added.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes outplayed Australia in the last one to two hours of the Headingly Test as he played one of the best innings the history of Test Cricket with 76-runs partnership in the last wicket of the final innings. Langer said the presence of such great players had much impact on the team’s morality.
Asked if he felt the absence of Steve Waugh in the last hour of Headingly Test he said: “You can’t quantify it. Would it have had any effect in those last 60 or 70 runs? Who knows. These things I’ve generally felt all through my entire time in Australian cricket to gain from the Dennis Lillees and the Allan Borders and the David Boons and the Ian Chappells and the Greg Chappells, the rundown goes on.
So any possibility we have for our folks to rub shoulders with them is a colossal advantage short and long haul, however whether that is the contrast between us winning or losing a Test match like a day or two ago, you can never tell.”