Steve Waugh returns to give Australia a ride

Australia they have brought back the former captain Steve Waugh to help the team prepare for the final leg of the deadly spoils series against England while tourists seek to recover from the painful third test loss at Headingley.

Waugh had left the team after the first two Tests as scheduled, but has joined the group before the fourth Test at Old Trafford that begins on Wednesday.

With the series locked at 1-1, one victory in the next two Tests will ensure Australia retain the urn in England for the first time since Waugh's side triumphed 4-1 in 2001.

We asked him to stay for the third Test, but he had to go back for a function, Australia coach Justin Langer told reporters in Manchester.

But I was actually going to fly there, do the show and fly back the next day. That is how much he is enjoying it.

He has been like a child at Christmas.

Having Waugh in the backroom staff, like Ricky Ponting assuming an assistant coach role during the World Cup, was a priority for Langer after facing many test moments during his first year as coach.

Guys like Punter (Ponting) and Steve Waugh, not only do they have a great presence in the group, but they are great psychologists, Langer added.

They've been in the cauldron before, they've seen it all, so to have that those type of guys, we are talking about developing leadership in Australia n Cricket Making our boys learn from people of that caliber is very important in the short term.

Australia's one-wicket defeat in the third Test was a bitter pill to swallow but they would put it behind them, he said.

I actually felt physically ill after that and then returned to my room. I wasn't sure if I cried or crushed my hotel room, he said.

Everyone in that change room, probably a lot of Australia ns felt it, felt completely sick.

You never like to let opportunities pass ... okay, we'll make sure we learn from that.