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Cricket Australia coach Justin Langer compares Steve Smith with Sachin Tendulkar

Australia will play Afghanistan in their opening game on 1st June.

Australian coach Justin Langer has praised the former Australian captain Steve Smith who is making a comeback to International cricket after a year ban. Langer went on to say that Smith reminds him of Tendulkar.

“Last week in Brisbane, [Smith] batted beautifully, he played an unbelievable shot off Nathan Coulter-Nile there – it was like watching Sachin [Tendulkar] bat. He’s in pretty good shape I think,” Langer said to cricket.com.au

“(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,” Langer added.

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“It’s been hilarious for me, because whether on the Anzac Cove or in the lunch room or we’re on the bus playing cards, he’s just shadow batting the whole time.

“He loves batting – he’s shadow batting on the sand, he’s shadow batting in the shower – I’m not joking.

Langer also praised David Warner who had a wonderful IPL season.

“Dave’s got that look on his eye, he’s really hungry, he’s a great player as we all know, he’s so dynamic, he brings so much energy, and that’s what we ask from our players.

“They’ve had 12 months to have a good think about a mistake they and the team made. I’m sure they’ll be better people for that.”

Australia will play Afghanistan in their opening game on 1st June.

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