Australia’s disastrous preparation for the opening test against India, starting today, took another disturbing turn when Smith left the main group on Tuesday after the warm-up and was later seen in shaking his arm.
The fear of injury surrounding the world’s best batsman was the latest in a string of accidents: David Warner’s groin, concussions of Will Pucovski and Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc’s back and ribs, Josh Hazlewood’s back and Sean Abbott’s calf.
Langer could barely believe what he was seeing after Smith caught a ball and twisted his back.
“Steve Smith fell two days ago in training and I was almost crying in my soup,” Langer told SEN. Breakfast with Vossy.
“It was like I was in one of those movies. I was like Adam Sandler crying out loud, or someone There is something about Marie.
“But no, he should be fine. One thing we didn’t need was Steve Smith not playing this test match, but he just has to keep going through all this morning. Fingers crossed, he’s here this after. -midday.”
Legendary Australian captain Mark Taylor said Smith’s back injury was a lifelong problem that he had managed to bring under control.
“Steve has had this problem for many years. It’s a permanent thing,” Taylor said TODAY.
“He trains religiously, probably overtrains, Steve Smith. He points all the I’s and crosses all the T’s before a series of test matches. He would have just exaggerated a bit. I think that’s something he lives with. now for a few years, I don’t see a major problem with Steve Smith.
“Obviously he just needs to start and we know what he can do when he starts. He can do big scores.”
Provided Smith is fit for the first test, Australia pays the biggest cost in losing Warner, who strained his right groin when fielding the second ODI against the Indians at SCG.
The Australian team’s top test scorer – Smith is just 17 points behind of 7,227 – clubbed 335 steps out of Adelaide’s last test.
Those rounds saw Warner become the first cricketer in history to score a triple century at Adelaide Oval.
But while the loss of Warner is a major concern for many, Langer said Australian stocks have helped his outlook.
“The truth is we have such a depth of talent in Australia,” said Langer.
“One thing I have learned over the past two years as a coach is that we have so much talent here in our cricket circles that every time we go out to the park we will have a great team. is going to play for us today, we have a very, very strong team.
“There’s no David Warner, but we still have a great team so you don’t have to fake anything because I know how much talent there is.”