Justin Langer trusts Steve Smith, David Warner can face South Africa again

MANCHESTER: Australia coach Justin Langer believe Steve Smith & David Warner they will not be under any additional pressure when they face South Africa for the first time, as both batters received 12-month bans for handling the ball.

Then-captain Smith & Warner, his deputy, were hit with year-long bans by Cricket Australia for their roles in an extraordinary incident during a Test in Cape Town that saw team-mate Cameron Bancroft indulge in a brazen breach of the rules by applying sandpaper to the ball.

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Both Smith & Warner have been subjected to repeated booing by English crowds during the World Cup - the pair's first major international tournament since their suspensions ended.

They had an idea of ​​what they would expect from the moment we showed up in England, Langer told reporters at Old Trafford on Thursday.

This game is important for many of our players, but we just have to take away all the emotion.

Reigning champions Australia are already through to the semi-finals but Saturday's match could determine whether they finish top of the standings & so avoid a last-four clash against resurgent hosts England.

"We're here to take the two points, keep the winning momentum going forward & for those guys this is just another exciting game of World Cup cricket," said Langer.

Warner, one of the leading run-scorers at the World Cup, became a father again when his wife gave birth in London to the couple's third child last weekend, & Langer was delighted with the form of both his star batsmen.

They are wanting to play cricket for Australia again, both are playing very well, he said.

Australia, for all they have won a record of five World Cups, was not among the favorites in this edition, with some experts arguing that their old-fashioned approach was not suitable for one-day internationals, where they are around 400. increasingly common 'One of the great crises'



There were also concerns that the persistent fall of the ball-handling scandal would be a distraction.

But instead, Australia was the first team to qualify for the semifinals.

Getting to this point has required a lot of work from where we came from in Cape Town, said Langer, appointed after Darren Lehmann resigned as a result of this.

It was one of the great crises in Australian cricket, a lot of anguish, certainly a lot of pain.

"But when it came to the World Cup, we talked about when Steve & David come back we want to make sure we build a really strong team so they come in seamlessly." It's certainly worked so far with Australia the first team into the semi-finals.

I've talked for a long time about the formula that works for Australian cricket, Langer said.

"It's a proven formula, we had to trust it & we are trusting it."

As far as Cape Town provided more motivation, Langer said: We've had enough excitement in Australian cricket over the past 12 months to last us a lifetime.

"The motivation for us is to get two points & end up on top of the World Cup table.

"We talked about making Australians proud of us back home; hopefully we're doing that. We talked about earning respect again from other countries; hopefully we're doing that, not just by the way we're playing our cricket but also by the way we are going about our business on & off the cricket field.

We speak of humility as one of our values. We do not say it simply because it's a word on the wall, it's not just a corporate discourse. We really believe it

Langer, recalling a conversation with Kumar Sangakkara after the great Sri Lanka had addressed all the teams in preparation for the tournament, added: He said: 'I have the feeling that this World Cup means more to you than just the trophy'.

I think he's right. Justin Langer confident Steve Smith, David Warner can cope with facing South Africa again

MANCHESTER: Australia coach Justin Langer believe Steve Smith & David Warner will be under no extra pressure when they face South Africa for the first time since both batsmen were given 12-month bans for ball-tampering.Then-captain Smith & Warner, his deputy, were hit with year-long bans by Cricket Australia for their roles in an extraordinary incident during a Test in Cape Town that saw team-mate Cameron Bancroft indulge in a brazen breach of the rules by applying sandpaper to the ball.

Both Smith & Warner have been subjected to repeated booing by English crowds during the World Cup - the pair's first major international tournament since their suspensions ended.

They had an idea of ​​what they would expect from the moment we showed up in England, Langer told reporters at Old Trafford on Thursday.

This game is important for many of our players, but we just have to take away all the emotion.

Reigning champions Australia are already through to the semi-finals but Saturday's match could determine whether they finish top of the standings & so avoid a last-four clash against resurgent hosts England.

"We're here to take the two points, keep the winning momentum going forward & for those guys this is just another exciting game of World Cup cricket," said Langer.

Warner, one of the leading run-scorers at the World Cup, became a father again when his wife gave birth in London to the couple's third child last weekend, & Langer was delighted with the form of both his star batsmen.

They are wanting to play cricket for Australia again, both are playing very well, he said.

Australia, for all they have won a record five World Cups, were not among the favourites coming into this edition, with some pundits arguing their "old-fashioned" approach was ill-suited to modern one-day internationals where scores of around 400 are increasingly commonplace. 'One of the great crises'

There were also concerns that the persistent fall of the ball-handling scandal would be a distraction.

But instead, Australia was the first team to qualify for the semifinals.

Getting to this point has required a lot of work from where we came from in Cape Town, said Langer, appointed after Darren Lehmann resigned as a result of this.

It was one of the great crises in Australian cricket, a lot of anguish, certainly a lot of pain.

"But when it came to the World Cup, we talked about when Steve & David come back we want to make sure we build a really strong team so they come in seamlessly." It's certainly worked so far with Australia the first team into the semi-finals.

I've talked for a long time about the formula that works for Australian cricket, Langer said.

"It's a proven formula, we had to trust it & we are trusting it."

As far as Cape Town provided more motivation, Langer said: We've had enough excitement in Australian cricket over the past 12 months to last us a lifetime.

"The motivation for us is to get two points & end up on top of the World Cup table.

"We talked about making Australians proud of us back home; hopefully we're doing that. We talked about earning respect again from other countries; hopefully we're doing that, not just by the way we're playing our cricket but also by the way we are going about our business on & off the cricket field.

We speak of humility as one of our values. We do not say it simply because it's a word on the wall, it's not just a corporate discourse. We really believe it

Langer, recalling a conversation with Kumar Sangakkara after the great Sri Lanka had addressed all the teams in preparation for the tournament, added: He said: 'I have the feeling that this World Cup means more to you than just the trophy'.

I think he's right.

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