Ahead of the 2nd Ashes Test beginning on Wednesday, Australia coach Justin Langer has expressed David Warner to make his mark following an underwhelming performance in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston. David Warner scored just 10 runs in both innings of the Ashes opener but, like the rest of the batsmen in the team, was bailed out by the brilliant batting of Steve Smith.
Australia registered a huge 251-run win over hosts England in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston. Smith smashed centuries both innings in Birmingham, making a massive statement following a 12-month ban owing to ball-tampering controversy.
As per the quotes in cricket.com.au., Langer said, “I like it when great players miss out. It means statistically they’ll probably get some pretty soon, so hopefully, it’s this Test. They’re great players for a reason and he’s got that look in his eye.”
Steve was the highest run-scorer for Australia in the Ashes opener. He became only the fifth Australian to score centuries in both innings of an Ashes Test. He also became the second-fastest to hit 25 Test centuries after Sir Don Bradman. India skipper Virat Kohli scored 25 tons in 77 matches while Smith achieved the feat in 65 matches.
Not only Smith, Matthew Wade, and Nathan Lyon helped Australia to win the game comfortably. Wade scored a fine century in the second innings while Lyon, who went past 300 Test wickets, claimed a six-wicket haul in the second innings. However, Langer rubbished the claims of Smith’s weakness, saying, the right-handed batsman is able to solve problems.
Describing the same, Langer elaborated, “I don’t buy into it. He’s got this incredible ability to solve problems, I’m sure he’ll be thinking a lot about he’s going to play all the new bowlers who are coming in. He had three or four days off … you’ve just got to recognize they’re humans and they’ve got a certain amount of battery and you try and recharge them for every big event.”