Smith is in the best physical condition of his life: Langer after warm-up game
Former Australia captain Steve Smith played a solid knock against New Zealand XI in the warm-up game on Friday.
Australia’s top duo Steve Smith and David Warner is finally back in the national colours after spending a 12-month long ban due to ball-tampering. Though Warner is yet to perform well, Smith has already been seen in terrific form.
And Australia’s head coach Justin Langer believes Smith is in the best physical condition of his life despite coming back after a year.
Langer told SEN Radio after the warm-up game –
“[Smith is in the] best physical condition of his life. I think his skin folds are the lowest they’ve ever been and they’re talking elite level. That was one of his goals at the start of the ban, come back in better physical shape than ever before. He and Davey (Warner) have done the same thing, they are in pristine condition.”
Warner and Smith both played in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and the dup has been suffering from injuries. Langer said they are both working their way up as far as fitness is concerned.
“They’re in pretty good shape, they’re not throwing like Nathan Coulter-Nile or Jason Behrendorff at the moment or Glenn Maxwell, but they’re certainly working their way up to it and that’s good for us.”
Warner played the first game at 3 where he scored 39 from 43 balls but was offered his preferred position at the top in the second fixture, even as it came at the cost of breaking up the opening duo Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. Langer explained how he will set up the batting order.
“The obvious thing is we should [open with Warner]. But I think he’s quite an adaptable player, too. What I’ve loved is the partnership between Finchy and Usman Khawaja as well. They gel really well and in the past Finch and Warner gelled really well. I’m not trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes, but we’ve got really good options there,” he concluded.