‘Australia’s target is to win Tests, not hitting helmets’
Australia coach Justin Langer has refuted to engage in ‘bouncer battle’ with England even after Steve Smith was ruled out of the third Ashes Test due to concussion after being struck by a brutal short ball from English pace spearhead Jofra Archer.
The Aussie coach rather insisted his own pace unit to bring results instead of targeting England’s batsmen in response.
“We know what our plans are to beat England. What we’re not going to do is get caught up in an emotional battle of who’s going to bowl the quickest bouncers.
“We’re here to win the Test match, not to see how many helmets we can hit. And that’s the truth, we are literally here to win the Test match and we have our plans on how we think we can beat England,” Langer said.
Langer, however, acknowledged that losing inform Smith who scored centuries in both innings in the first Test at Edgbaston and made 92 at Lord’s, is a major setback to Australia.
Smith suffered a delayed concussion after being hit on the neck and was later ruled out of the third match starting at Headingley in Leeds on Thursday.
Marnus Labuschagne, who replaced Smith as test cricket’s first concussion substitution, was also struck on the protective face grill of his helmet on his second ball.
Langer further said, “I’m sure the bouncer will still be part of every bowler’s armoury, if it helps us get batsmen out then we’ll use it. Otherwise we’ll keep sticking to the plan.
“England will be the same, I’m sure they’ve got plans how they’ll get our batsmen out, not just knock them out.”
Langer said the side had to play with cool heads not spoiling with emotions.
“You’ve got to play on skill, not emotion,” Langer said.
“It’s hard for young players, even senior players, you can get caught up in the atmosphere, you can get caught up in the contest.
“But it’s not an ego game, you’ve got to just keep trusting your skill, keep watching the ball like a hawk.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 21, 2019