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‘Australia is here for winning Tests, not hitting helmets’

Justin Langer denied to engage in ‘bouncer war’ with England during the Ashes despite English pacers’ brutal pacing up.

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'Australia is here for winning Tests, not hitting helmets'
Marnus Labuschagne was hit by a Jofra Archer short ball. Photo: Getty Images

Australia head coach Justin Langer denied to be engaged in a ‘bouncer war’ with England during the ongoing Ashes despite English pacers continued to display brutal pacing up in the game.

Debutant Jofra Archer demised the Aussie batting with sustaining period of aggressive fast bowling in both innings in the drawn second Test at Lord’s including dangerously flooring Steve Smith and his substitute Marnus Labuschagne.

Smith has later been ruled out of the third Test at Headingley on Thursday suffering a delayed concussion after being hit on the neck.

Labuschagne, who replaced Smith as Test cricket’s first concussion substitution, was struck on the protective face grill of his helmet on his second ball.

Justin Langer said,

“We know what our plans are to beat England. What we’re not going to do is get caught up in an emotional battle of who’s going to bowl the quickest bouncers.

“We’re here to win the Test match, not to see how many helmets we can hit. And that’s the truth, we are literally here to win the Test match and we have our plans on how we think we can beat England.”

Langer has also urged his batsmen to get rid of ego in terms of facing English pace battery. Australia, on winning the first Test at Edgbaston by 251 runs and then drawing the second at Lord’s, will be able to lift this year’s Ashes with victory in Leeds.

Langer said, “We keep talking about it. you’ve got to play on skill, not emotion. And it’s hard for young players, even senior players. You can get caught up in the atmosphere, you can get caught up in the contest.

“But it’s not an ego game – you’ve got to just keep trusting your skill, keep watching the ball like a hawk.

“That’s the challenge of mental toughness, that’s the challenge of concentration, that’s the challenge of what the champion players do over the good players,” he further added.

 

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