To stand any chance of levelling the series, England will have to find a way to solve the riddle of the immovable Steve Smith. FMTNews
To stand any chance of levelling the series, England will have to find a way to solve the riddle of the immovable Steve Smith.
Tim Paine’s men finally saw off stubborn England at Old Trafford on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the five-Test series with just one match to go, meaning they will retain the urn.
Smith, who returned to Test action in England after completing a 12-month ball-tampering ban, has made his mountain of runs despite missing three innings after he was felled by a Jofra Archer bouncer.
Australia coach Justin Langer, revelling in having the world’s top-ranked batsman and bowler at his disposal, is urging the other batsmen to step up in the match starting on Thursday, even though he admits they lack experience.
“He’s not come under question from anyone making any decisions,” Bayliss said. “He’s under no pressure at all.”
The England vice-captain did not bowl in Australia’s second innings at Old Trafford following a right shoulder injury sustained in the tourists’ first innings.
In the continuing absence of the injured James Anderson, Root will be relying on his new-ball pairing of Stuart Broad and Archer to do the damage.Read more: Free Malaysia Today
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