Australian coach Justin Langer stated that he still has nightmares Ben Stokes‘an incredible century in Headingley during the previous Ashes. That knock led England to a miraculous one-pass victory in the Test.
Langer, however, welcomed Stokes ’return to international cricket after a mental health break, saying Ashes would not be the same without one of the game’s superstars.
Stokes played one of the best test shots when he scored an undefeated 135 in the third Ashes test in 2019. Seeking 359 to win, England fell to 286 for 9. However, Stokes played sensational changes and lifted England to an unforgettable wicket triumph. Earlier, he also won three wickets in the second inning of Australia.
Praising the English all-rounder, Langer was quoted as saying Fox Sports report:
“He is a great cricketer, no doubt about it. I still have nightmares about his changes in the third test. I guess more nightmares about his magic on the third day of that game. ”
England’s Stokes-inspired victory in the Headingley test marked a remarkable turnaround for the hosts after they cleared by 67 in their first innings.
Terming Stokes is an amazing athlete and a great competitor, Langer added:
“It’s great for a game of cricket that he plays Ashes cricket and we all love it. This is Australia’s summer and it wouldn’t be the same if the best players didn’t play. It’s really nice to see. We hope his health is good. We welcome him here because he is one of the game’s superstars. “
The Stokes have not played any international cricket since leading England 3-0 against Pakistan at home in a three-game ODI series in July.
“I’m not sure we’ve seen the end of it” – Justin Langer on Tim Paine
Langer also broke the silence about Tim Paine’s sex controversy. Supporting the former Australian captain, the coach said the wicketkeeper-batter was ‘broken’.
Paine is currently on pause indefinitely. Although many experts believe the 36-year-old will no longer be seen playing for Australia, Langer said:
“He loves cricket. He absolutely loves cricket. And he is 37 years old. He is in the same shape as every athlete, certainly in our team. He takes such good care of himself. He is very focused. So who knows. I’m not sure we saw the end of it. But we’ll wait and see. That will be his decision. “
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