ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Steve Smith and David Warner able to face ire of England followers, says Australia coach Justin Langer

London: Australia coach Justin Langer believes no quantity of crowd abuse Steve Smith and David Warner might obtain whereas on tour in England can examine to what they’ve already skilled whereas serving year-long bans for ball-tampering.

The star batsmen are again within the Australian fold forward of a prolonged tour of England which incorporates each the World Cup and Ashes collection.

File picture of David Warner (L) and Steve Smith (R). Action Images through Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Warner was extensively seen because the instigator within the “sandpapergate” scandal throughout a Test in opposition to South Africa in Cape Town that noticed novice opener Cameron Bancroft — banned for 9 months — intentionally making an attempt to change the situation of the ball within the discipline whereas then captain Smith turned a blind eye.

But having witnessed the indignant response in Australia to Smith and Warner’s conduct, Langer mentioned it will be onerous to think about any English taunts could possibly be worse.

“Well we can’t control the crowd. What I do know? It may heat up, but it won’t be any hotter than it was 12 months ago,” mentioned Langer at an Australia coaching session on Saturday.

“I’ve never seen anything like it so the boys are very well prepared,” added the previous Australia opener, who took over as coach after predecessor Darren Lehmann resigned within the aftermath of the scandal.

“They’ve paid a heavy price and we’re expecting always to come here and to face the fire and we’re ready for that.”

‘Master of the sport’

Smith’s return to Australia obligation this month, albeit in three unofficial World Cup warm-up matches at house to a New Zealand XI, included unbeaten innings of 89 and 91.

By distinction, Warner may solely handle a prime rating of 39 however Langer was inspired by what he’d seen from each batsmen.

“I watched Steve Smith batting against New Zealand, he’s literally a master of the game, so it’s nice to have him back,” he mentioned.

“He’s just shadow batting the whole time…He loves batting, he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower –- I’m not joking!”

As for Warner, Langer added: “Dave’s received that look on his eye, he is actually hungry, he is a fantastic participant as everyone knows, he is so dynamic, he brings a lot power, and that is what we ask from our gamers.

“They’ve had 12 months to have a good think about a mistake they and the team made. I’m sure they’ll be better people for that.”

Australia will be the reigning World Cup champions however an England aspect prime of the one-day internationals rankings will begin the event as favourites.

Last yr noticed England compile an ODI world report complete of 481 for six in opposition to Australia at Trent Bridge and the acquainted foes will meet once more for the primary time this season in a World Cup warm-up at Southampton on May 25.

England took an unbeatable 3-Zero lead in a house ODI collection in opposition to Pakistan with a three-wicket win at Trent Bridge on Friday and Langer mentioned: “They’re enjoying sensible cricket, aren’t they?

“There’s always good rivalry between us and it’s going to be nice for us to see how we’re at against the best team in the world.”


Published Date: May 19, 2019

| Updated Date: May 19, 2019


Updated Date: May 19, 2019 10:47:28 IST