No brainer, says Langer on Smith missing fourth Ashes Test


Nevertheless, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen took a dig at the Australian batsmen after Steve Smith was substituted by concussion substitute Marnus Labuschagne, who also fell down after getting hit by Archer's bouncer.

Out-of-form opener David Warner also arrived at training without the beard he has been sporting even since his return to worldwide cricket.

Smith played a major role in Australia's victory in the first Test at Edgbaston as he scored a century in each innings.

Australia will not get drawn into a tit-for-tat battle of bouncers against England but will be prepared for a repeat of Jofra Archer's short-pitched barrage in the remaining Ashes tests, coach Justin Langer has said.

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. Even though the second Ashes Test ended in a draw, it provided cricket lovers across the world with a glimpse of what was there in the store in the future. Live Cricket Streaming of England vs Australia Ashes 2019 Series on SonyLIV: Check Live Cricket Score, Watch Free Telecast of ENG vs AUS 3rd Test on TV & Online.

"I think with Steve missing this game, it might be the little poke and prod that Davey needs".

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"England will be the same, I'm sure they've got plans how they'll get our batsmen out, not just knock them out".

"Starcy has actually told me a few times that the Starcs run the North.he knows the conditions well and he is keen", Paine said. "The very fact we've got one in worldwide cricket goes to show how much has gone into it", quoted Langer as saying.

Australia folded after third-wicket stand of 111 between David Warner (61) and Marnus Labuschagne (74), with Stuart Broad taking 2-32 before Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes took a wicket apiece. "Like all players, he wants to play. but he understands as well he's not 100 per cent yet".

"We'll look at the pitch and make the best decision".

The quick bowled with great skill under grey skies, tormenting Australia after making a huge impact on his Test debut at Lord's.

"Something we talked about before the series was that Australia has to avoid those disastrous sessions, unfortunately they just had one", Taylor said.