Vastavam web: The English crowd may throw some taunts on Steve Smith and Warner during the World Cup but they are ready to “face the fire”, says Australia coach Justin Langer. Warner and Smith return to high intensity action at the showpiece event after serving out their one-year bans, imposed for their role in last year’s ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Langer admitted that controlling the crowd is not their hands but urged the fans to treat Warner and Smith as human beings, prone to committing mistakes.
Langer said Smith is hitting the ball as clean as hard as he was doing it before the ban. A proof of it was when Smith hit pacer Pat Cummins so hard that the ball sailed over and hit a car passing by on the Nottingham Road.
“As batsman it’s brilliant. I watched Steve Smith batting against New Zealand in those three practice games, he’s literally a master of the game, so it’s nice to have him back.
“It’s been hilarious for me because whether on the ANZAC cove or in the lunch room or we’re in the bus playing cards, he’s just shadow batting the whole time. He’s literally he loves batting, he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower I’m not joking! You should see him mate! He just loves batting. From that point it’s great to have him back.