Justin Langer says Australia feel as the Ashes have been”stolen” from them Headingley as Ben Stokes’ magnificent century kept the show alive.
England were nine wickets down with 73 runs needed at the Test but Stokes hit a match-winning 135 since Ashes holders Australia spurned numerous chances to move into an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Head coach Langer says his side will use this as motivation at Old Trafford this week because they seem to become the Australia staff to depart the urn since the Steve Waugh-captained squad to England in 2001.
“We felt somewhat like we got the Ashes stolen the other day. They won this Test match, so we felt somewhat like it had been stolen from us,” said the 48-year-old.
“Now we’ve got to figure out exactly what we’re likely to perform and work with that as fire. Allow it to slip and also we are not going to feel sorry for ourselves.
“Think about Muhammad Ali getting his bicycle stolen [as a kid ]. That was the flame he had to turn into the best boxer of all time.
“The terrific players and excellent teams in business and lifestyle – they still have their ups and downs but they constantly fight back against it.
“You would not see one winner participant, 1 champion group, 1 winner business that has not done .”
After sitting out the Headingley Test with a concussion that he endured when he had been struck on the throat by a Jofra Archer delivery in the former match at Lord 39, steve Smith has been poised to return for Australia.
Langer has supported the batsman – that has scored 144, 142 and 92 in his three innings in the series so far – to overcome some”little demons” which could be in his head.
“When you get hit, it is always a tiny voice on your shoulder,” additional Langer before the fourth Test, which is live on Sky Sports The Ashes from 10am on Wednesday.
“You’ve got to have a fantastic strategy and he works out the game better than anybody I have ever met in my entire life. He would’ve thought long and hard about it. It will be Steven, if anybody’s going to get over any demons.
“He’s confronted lots of short-pitched bowling into his life. A good deal of it will be he organises his mind and, like I’ve stated, he organises it better than anyone.
“He’s been well, so let us hope he can carry this. It is essential for our team and it’s just nice knowing that he is back in the team.”
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