Australia to face England in the Ashes test. Coach Justin Langer says that this time round, they will not get in a tit for tat battle for bouncers against England. But will be prepared to repeat Jofra Archer’s short-pitched barrage.
In the second test at Lord’s, Archer established a sustained period of offensive fast bowling in both of Australia’s innings. He cleared both Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.
Smith was hit on the neck in the batting; the hitting resulted to a delayed concussion which led to him being eliminated in the third match at Headingley Leeds. Labuschagne replaced Smith after the hit, but he was also struck on the protective face grill of his helmet on his second ball.
Langer believes that Australia- now leading the five-match series, will not change their strategy. He said to a reporter that they are ready to win the test match and not to see how many helmets they can hit.
Archer’s pace and timing made Langer excited. In London, he conceded about two runs per over and came out with a match figure of 5-91.
A former Australian opener also said that the Australian team is used to playing short-ball cricket and even bouncy wickets and thus is well prepared for the back and foot.
He also added that they know what they are up to, and are going to get ready. Then be wise if they wish to win the series.
Australia won the first Test at Edgbaston with 251 runs, and then drew the second one at Lords; they have a high chance of winning the Ashes in Leeds.
Langer encourages the team to play skillfully and not an emotion to win in Leeds. To succeed, it will require mental toughness and concentration, summed up Langer.