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Steve Smith reminds Justin Langer of Sachin Tendulkar: He’s shadow batting in shower

first_imgSteve Smith reminds Justin Langer of Sachin Tendulkar: He’s shadow batting in showerWhen Steve Smith played an ”unbelievable’ shot off Nathan Coulter-Nile in Brisbane, Australia head coach Justin Langer felt it was like watching Sachin Tendulkar play.advertisement Asian News International MelbourneMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 14:50 IST Steve Smith scored unbeaten 89 and 91 in the warm-up games against New Zealand XI in Brisbane. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia head coach Justin Langer compared Steve Smith to India great Sachin Tendulkar”It was like watching Sachin bat,” Langer said over Smith’s shot in BrisbaneLanger said Smith will be crucial in Australia’s success at 2019 World CupAustralia head coach Justin Langer likened Steven Smith to master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar after watching the Sydney-born playing an “unbelievable shot” in Brisbane.”Last week in Brisbane, (Smith) batted beautifully, he played an unbelievable shot off Nathan Coulter-Nile there – it was like watching Sachin bat. He’s in pretty good shape I think,” cricket.com.au quoted Langer, as saying.”(I) watched Steve Smith batting against New Zealand in those three practice games, he’s literally a master of the game, so it’s nice to have him back. He loves batting – he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower – I’m not joking,” he added.Delighted with Smith’s progress going into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, the head coach called him Australia’s success at the tournament. The 29-year-old scored unbeaten 89 and 91 in the warm-up games against New Zealand XI in Brisbane last week.As the upcoming 50-over tournament is expected to be a high-scoring, Langer said Australian bowling would be critical as the ongoing one-day international series between England and Pakistan has made it clear that scoring 350 is not proving safe.”There’s a lot of talk about batting now in white-ball cricket, but our bowling is absolutely critical. In T20, it’s absolutely critical and the same in ODI cricket. You’re going to have pretty thick skin to do well in international cricket, particularly on the flatter wickets and the fast outfields and the big squares we play on in England. They’re going to have to have thick skin, but they’re physically and mentally tough, and they’ll be ready for it,” he said.advertisementMoreover, Langer said that the defending champions know what it takes to be a successful side and will perform in that way only. Australia are the most successful side, having won in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.”When everyone says we’ve got to start playing like England or start playing like New Zealand or start playing like India, no – we’ll keep playing like Australia because we’ve won four of the past five World Cups and that’s something to be proud of. The boys are aware of it and we know if we stick to the Australian way of playing great cricket… history has shown we’ll be pretty good,” Langer said.Australia will play England and Sri Lanka on May 25 and 27 in the warm-up games before opening its World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 at the Bristol County Ground.Also Read | Chokers label for South Africa bit too exaggerated and unfair: Paddy UptonAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: Australia look to make 6th triumph a realistic possibilityAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Justin LangerFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Steve SmithFollow ICC Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

Home Secretary gives backing to police who ram scooter criminals

Ken Marsh, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “I have seen nothing yet about how our colleagues will be protected when the worst happens…Will they be backed? Or will they be left to the mercy of the courts? Will their livelihood and liberty be put at risk? Because that is the reality. And our major concern.” The Home Secretary has offered his backing to police who ram moped thieves from their scooters saying it is “exactly what we need”.Sajid Javid said the new “tactical contact” approach was lawful and he would back officers who applied it where appropriate.He was responding to comments by Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary, who questioned the legality of the tactic.The Labour frontbencher said: “Knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous. It shouldn’t be legal for anyone. Police are not above the law.”A Labour spokesman said: “Major operational changes by the police that affect public and police officer safety need to have clear oversight and follow due process, especially where there is a potential impact for legal ramifications.”But Mr Javid, who revealed in June that his phone was taken in a moped mugging before he became Home Secretary, disputed Ms Abbott’s assessment. The Home Secretary has offered police his backing But Mr Javid’s remarks were intended to reassure officers that the Government full supports the lawful use of the tactic.Latest figures show 12,419 moped offences were recorded across the capital from January to October – a 36% fall compared with the equivalent period of 2017. Moped criminals are being targeted by policeCredit:PA He wrote on Twitter: “Risk-assessed tactical contact is exactly what we need. Criminals are not above the law.”Scotland Yard revealed that since the new tactic was introduced earlier this year, moped enabled crime was down by 36%.But police leaders have expressed concern over what action might be taken against officers if the suspects were badly injured during an operation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Home Secretary has offered police his backingCredit:PA Moped criminals are being targeted by police read more