- Title: Langer backs Australia to bounce back from Ashes adversity
- Date: 2nd September 2019
- Summary: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS) AUSTRALIA TRAINING UNDERWAY AUSTRALIA HEAD COACH, JUSTIN LANGER (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA HEAD COACH, JUSTIN LANGER, SAYING: "I think champions all have had times of adversity whether itâ€™s in business, whether itâ€™s in sports, whether itâ€™s in life, and the ones that come back from it, I mean think about Muhammad Ali losing, getting his bike stolen after the last week, you know he got his bike stolen and that was the fire that he needed to become the greatest boxer of all time and we felt a bit like we got our game, the Ashes stolen the other day. Now we have got to work out whether we, and to England's great credit that's what they did, they won that test match and so we felt a bit like it had been stolen from us but now we have got to work out now what we going to do and use that as fire, we not going to feel sorry for ourselves and let it slip. The great players and the great teams and in business or in life they have their ups and downs but they always fight back from it, that's, you wouldn't see one champion player or one champion team or one champion business who hasn't done that." VARIOUS OF AUSTRALIA BATSMAN, STEVE SMITH, PREPARING TO BAT DURING TRAINING (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA HEAD COACH, JUSTIN LANGER, SAYING: "I hope so, I've just thrown to him (Steve Smith) for about half an hour and he's moving really well so we're all hopeful he gets back into the zone or hits the ball in the middle of the bat but he's shown that throughout the summer, throughout the whole time he's been here (in England) he's been batting well so let's hope he can continue that. It's important for our team and itâ€™s just nice to know he's back in the team." AUSTRALIA BOWLER, MITCHELL STARC, LOOKING AT A BAT STARC PUTTING ON A PROTECTIVE GUARD AROUND HIS RIB AREA AUSTRALIA BOWLER, PETER SIDDLE, BOWLING DURING TRAINING OPENING AUSTRALIA BATSMEN, DAVID WARNER (LEFT), AND, CAMERON BANCROFT (RIGHT), BATTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIA HEAD COACH, JUSTIN LANGER, SAYING: "No there's a reason we have guys like him (Steve Waugh) and Ricky (Ponting) over I mean they just, we talk about growing our leadership within the group. To be able to rub shoulders with those guys is a huge opportunity for them. Its brilliant, Steven's (Waugh) only been here for the first two test matches and he's enjoyed it that much he wanted to come back so we always welcome an ex-Australian cricket test legend and Australian captain back into the camp if they want to be here then what an opportunity for our young blokes to learn from so haven't really noticed much of a difference except that the boys love having him here." AUSTRALIA BOWLER, PAT CUMMINS, BOWLING
- Embargoed: 16th September 2019 17:18
- Keywords: The Ashes Australia England
- Location: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK
- City: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Cricket,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001AUYTHKV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Australia head coach Justin Langer believes his side will have to dig deep and bounce back from their dramatic loss to a Ben Stokes inspired England in the third Ashes test.
Former captain Steve Waugh has returned to help the squad prepare for the final stretch of the series.
Waugh had left the squad after the first two tests as scheduled but has rejoined the group ahead of the fourth test at Old Trafford starting on Wednesday (September 4).
With the series locked at 1-1, one victory in the next two tests will ensure Australia retain the urn in England for the first time since Waugh's side triumphed 4-1 in 2001.
Having Waugh in the backroom staff, much like Ricky Ponting taking on an assistant coaching role during the World Cup, was a priority for Langer after he faced many testing moments during his first year as coach.
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