We are here to win, not to see how many helmets we can hit: Justin Langer ahead of 3rd Ashes Test

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LeedsAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 10:25 IST Steve Smith was ruled out of the 3rd Test due to a concussion that he suffered after getting hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer at Lord’s (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAustralian batsmen were rattled by Jofra Archer’s quick bouncers in the Lord’s TestAustralia will be without Steve Smith in the next match after he was ruled out due to a concussionBut Langer insists his bowlers will stick to their plans in the next match rather than focus on winning the bouncer warAustralia coach Justin Langer on Tuesday made it clear that his players are focussed only on winning the next Test match and retain the Ashes rather than concentrating on rattling England batsmen with bouncers just like the home team bowlers did in the second match at Lord’s last week.Jofra Archer in particular tormented the Aussies batsmen throughout the second Test with the Barbados-born pacer even knocking out Steve Smith from the third match of the series thanks to his bouncer which hit the former Australia captain on the back of his neck, leading to a concussion.Archer’s hostile spells consisted of bouncers bowled at over 90mph as he accounted for five Aussie batsmen on his debut Test match.But Langer says Australian bowlers are not going to take the field in the next game thinking about beating England in the bouncer war.The blazing arrival of Jofra Archer will not bring any manifest changes to Australia’s game plan https://t.co/TVYLDLcNQG #Ashes pic.twitter.com/dlAF67TgeOcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 21, 2019″We know what our plans are to beat England. What we’re not going to do is get caught up in an emotional battle of who’s going to bowl the quickest bouncers.”We’re here to win the Test match, not to see how many helmets we can hit. And that’s the truth, we are literally here to win the Test match and we have our plans on how we think we can beat England.”I’m sure the bouncer will still be part of every bowler’s armoury, if it helps us get batsmen out then we’ll use it. Otherwise we’ll keep sticking to the plan,” Langer said.advertisementAn #Ashes bouncer battle? Justin Langer says no pic.twitter.com/gv1955Vm8Mcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 21, 2019But Langer was very clear that Australian batsmen will be ready to face the like of Archer in the next match and better prepared to face his quick bouncers.”He (Archer) certainly brings a different dimension to the game and we saw he bowled quick, but also his economy rate was incredible. So we know what we’re up against, and we’re really going to be ready for that. We have to be, otherwise we won’t win the series,” Langer said.Losing Smith for the next match though, will be a massive blow for Australia who relied on him to do the bulk of the scoring in the last two Tests. Smith has scored 142, 144 and 92 in his three innings in the Ashes series so far and moved up to second in the ICC Test batting rankings as a result.Marnus Labuschagne is the most likely option to replace Smith for the Headingley test starting on Thursday, having made 59 as Australia battled on Sunday to a draw which retained their 1-0 lead in the series.Also Read | BCCI briefs players on anti-concussion helmetsAlso Read | Ashes 2019: UK sports minister tells England fans to stop booing Steve SmithAlso Read | Losing Steve Smith for Headingley Test massive blow: Glenn McGrathFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Justin LangerFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Jofra ArcherFollow Steve Smith We are here to win, not to see how many helmets we can hit: Justin Langer ahead of 3rd Ashes TestHead coach Justin Langer said Australian bowlers are not going to take the field in the next Test thinking about beating England in the “bouncer war”.advertisementlast_img