Australia's Steve Smith lays on the floor after being hit by a ball from England's Jofra Archer as England's Jos Buttler and Australia's Pat Cummins look on©Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Justin Langer spoke about Steve Smith and the set up going in to day five
Justin Langer spoke after day four of the second Ashes Test against England. At the close of play England was 4-96 in its second innings, a lead of 104 after Australia was bowled out for 250 in its first innings. Steve Smith top-scored with 92 but also retired hurt during his innings after sustaining blows to his left arm and neck from England fast bowler Jofra Archer.
Australia leads the Ashes series 1-0 after a 251-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston.
Cricket, and the Lord’s Test is all set for a thrilling climax after an amazing day of action on Saturday.
Australia scrambled up to 250 in its first innings, a deficit of eight, and then reduced England to 4-96 by the close of play, a lead of 104.
But the headlines were dominated by Steve Smith, who scored 92 and was also forced to retire hurt when he was struck on the left arm and neck by England fast bowler Jofra Archer.
After the day’s play Australia head coach Justin Langer…
Outlined what happened after Steve Smith was struck on the neck.
Was rueful about his side’s failure to use the decision review system to its best effect.
Said he loved the way the match was set up going in to day five.
Said he hoped some mistakes by his side on day four wouldn't cost it a shot at victory.
Explained why Steve Smith went out to bat again after sustaining the blow to his neck.
Said he expected the debate over neck guards to intensify after the blow sustained by Steve Smith.
After the Lord’s Test there will be further matches at Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval to conclude the Qantas Tour of the UK. Australia holds the Ashes after a 4-0 series win at home in the summer of 2017-18.