“It was like watching Sachin bat” – Coach Langer on Smith ahead of WC
Australia head coach Justin Langer has expressed that the duo- David Warner and Steve Smith’s hungriness to do well will play a big influence on the team in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
He told about the duo’s preparation and the different sections of the team after they arrived the English soil to start their World Cup preparation. The five-time World Champions making the most of their first training session since landing in England at the elite Whitgift School in south London on Saturday.
All 15 squad members enjoyed a light training session especially Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey and the pacer trio- Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff were looked in great touch. Steve Smith batted exceptionally well in the nets as coach Justin Langer was much impressed with his batting.
“[I] watched Steve Smith batting against New Zealand in those three practice games, he’s truly a master of the game, so it’s decent to have him back,” Langer told the reporters in London. “He loves batting – he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower – I’m not kidding.”
Smith played a beautiful shot off Nathan Coulter-Nile last week to leave his mark in the team. Langer was extremely surprised to see that shot. “A week ago in Brisbane, [Smith] batted wonderfully, he played an unfathomable shot off Nathan Coulter-Nile there – it was like watching Sachin bat. He’s in pretty good shape I think,” he said.
He also praised David Warner for his batting and much happy to have him back in the squad. He stated: “Just look in his eye, he’s really hungry. He’s a great player we all know. He’s so dynamic, he brings so much energy. That’s all we ask from our players. So, it’s really nice to have him back from the broader prospect.”
Australia will play two warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka before they start their World Cup against Afghanistan on June 2 in Bristol.