The all-rounder creates the performance of a lifetime when the parties face each other English land two and a half years ago, turned the Leeds Test upside down with great bowling then won with an unforgettable 135 score.
England fans will never forget his amazing efforts in that game and it appeared that Langer who was caught was furiously kicking the trash can to the floor while Stokes ‘knocked on the door in the documentary series’ The Test’, found the memory equally unshakable.
“He is a great cricketer, no doubt about that. I still have nightmares about his innings on that Third Test,” he said.
“I probably had more nightmares about his spell on the third day of that game. He’s an unbelievable athlete and a great competitor. ”
Stokes initially looked like he missed this year’s winter battle for the urn, having paused the game to preserve his mental and physical health, but is poised to play a full part in the series – starting at The Gabba on Wednesday – there’s a return to the fight.
His mere presence – both a match winner and a totem – made Australian life more difficult but Langer put partisan interests aside as he welcomed participation by Stokes.
“It’s great for the game of cricket Ben Stokes playing Ashes cricket,” he said.
“We all love it like an Australian summer and it probably wouldn’t be the same without the best players playing. Nice to meet you and hope his health is good. We welcome him here because he is one of the superstars of the game.”
Langer has been tight-lipped when pressed about the details of the team he will send to Brisbane, but thinks important decisions have been made.
- Travis Head v Usman Khawaja
- Mitchell Starc v Jhye Richardson
With Alex Carey confirmed as Tim Paine’s replacement following the former captain’s dramatic demise, the two tightest picks seem to lie between Travis Head and Usman Khawaja for the final batting and Mitchell Starc to play. with Jhye Richardson in the seam department.
“The hardest part of the job is choosing an Australian Exam XI. For the first two years, I took it pretty personally, because you can’t win… there were 20 million Australians who had an opinion on the Test group,” he said.
“A lot of work to be done, now there is a lot of data, a lot of discussion, a lot of cricket wisdom all around. “When it comes to XI, I’m not a smart Alec, but we won’t reveal all our secrets.
“We are very organized and have had a squad for a long time, we will leave a few secrets with England. We’re pretty much settled on who the XI will be, but it’s all part of the theater and drama leading up to the First Test – you can keep guessing, the pub folks can go on guess, cricket viewers can keep guessing. ”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/justin-langer-ben-stokes-headingley-english-england-b1969708.html Justin Langer still has nightmares about Ben Stokes’ Headingley masterpieces