As the skipper of England, Joe Root said, the Australian team was heavily dependent on Steve Smith, who made a massive difference. Apart from Steve Smith and the late inclusion Marnus Labuschagne, none of the Australian batsmen showed composure in the middle. Meanwhile, the head coach Justin Langer gives a call to all the players to deliver their best in the final Test of the series.
The performances of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, coupled with a strong display from the bowlers, have reduced the impact of failures from the other specialist batsmen during the series. Off them, the vice-captain David Warner was a complete failure, who hardly entered a double-digit score.
Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Harris, Cameron Bancroft are the other specialist batsmen, who failed to make things fall in place. Wade showed his class in a couple of innings but failed to replicate the same. The form of skipper Tim Paine is also an issue for the management.
We are thankful to Steve Smith – Justin Langer
Speaking of the same, Justin Langer quoted that a player needs to perform despite winning the series. He believes that every Test is important and performing should be the ultimate priority for the players, which would result in their future.
“You’ve still got to perform, as an Australian test cricketer,” he told reporters. Whether or not winning the Ashes will make a difference, time will tell, but you’ve still got to perform whether you are young or a veteran. He (Smith) has done a lot for Australian cricket for the last few years actually, and so has Dave Warner,” Langer said.
”But we’ve also got to remember, Travis Head is new to test cricket, Marnus (Labuschagne) is new to test cricket, Marcus Harris is new to test cricket, Cameron Bancroft is new to test cricket. You can’t just give them that experience, they’ve got to earn that and we’re very thankful to have Steve batting. We’re lucky to have him but test cricket takes time. We’ve got to respect that, it takes a lot of time.”
Smith scored his 9th successive fifty-plus score in Ashes, thereby proving his modern legend status when it comes to the much-talked-about Test battle between England and Australia. Notably, Steve Smith’s tally of 293 in the fourth Test is his highest ever in a Test match.