Australian batsman Steve Smith praised coach Justin Langer’s impact, saying he is an ideal man to have in a locker room. Australia’s disappointing show against India in the Test series has seen many spots under the scanner and, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Heraldolder players find former all-rounder and assistant coach Andrew McDonald more approachable than Langer. However, Smith did not issue such a designation and continued to praise the current Australian side coach.
“Absolutely, I think he (Langer) has done a great job over the years, I wasn’t there the first year, but since I got back I think he’s done a great job,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Smith.
“He always wants to get better and that’s all you can ask of anyone in the setup, be it a player or a coach, as long as you strive to improve every day, that’s all you can ask.
“Those kind of things [split coaching] has been floating around for a while for different formats and different teams and things like that all over the world, not just Australia, so I think it would be interesting.
“But Justin is getting my full support right now, I think he’s doing a great job and that he’s been doing for a few years now, and I don’t see it changing anytime soon,” he added.
Smith was not in good shape in the first two tests against India, but made a comeback in the third test after scoring a century at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
The Indian team used different tactics for him as the visitors completely blocked the leg side scoring.
“Teams are starting to attack me a little bit differently or attack me a little bit differently, so I’ve had to make small adjustments,” Smith said.
“Sometimes I might have had to be a bit more aggressive than in the past. I think I did pretty well in the last two test games here and I just came up with some other plans and other scoring options, but I kept going. play me.
“There are times in Test cricket where you have to absorb pressure, a time when you have to put the pressure back on the bowlers and try to get on top of it, and I did well in the last two games, maybe not so good at it. the first two of the summer.
“I felt like I learned a little bit from the first two games that I could improve at the back. Teams have different plans for me and I have to keep working on my game and I love doing that, I love love to work hard and find new ways to do things and get better, “he added.
Smith claimed his third Allan Border Medal at the Australian Cricket Awards in 2021 on Saturday. ODIs were the most common format for the Australian men’s team in the voting period with 13 games played, opening the door for multi-format star Smith (126 votes) to third Allan Border Medal and Men’s ODI Player of the Year to take home.
He surpassed the runs across all formats with 1098 at 45.75, four half centuries and four tons.
In what was a disrupted year for the men during the pandemic, Smith started the year with an excellent ODI campaign in India with a 98 and 131, followed by a 76 in the first ODI against South Africa.
In the Allan Border Medal race, Smith (126) finished ahead of fellow multi-format star Pat Cummins (117) and skipper Aaron Finch (97) who finished a dominant year with the bat.
Smith’s ODI pull of 568 runs on 63.11 from 10 innings was enough to pipe Finch who scored 673 runs on 56.08 from 13 innings.
Adam Zampa finished third after claiming 27 wickets – 11 more wickets than the second best – with an average of 23.74.
Smith finished fourth in the Men’s Test Player of the Year award behind the world‘s number one ranked bowler Cummins, with the voting period only covering the Test series against India due to the pandemic.
Cummins was the Player of the Series with 21 wickets on 20.04, while fellow fast Josh Hazlewood (9) and last year’s Test Player of the Year Marnus Labuschagne (8) completed the top three.
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