The Australians will have a chance to win the last game



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The Australians will have a chance to win the last game

Australia coach Justin Langer is still unsure whether Steven Smith will return from injury and play for Australia again. He doesn't seem completely ready for the match "In terms of Smithy, he had a hit today. He still looks a bit rusty to be honest.

We'll give him until the last moment to play but I'm not as confident now as I was 24 hours ago. "If he doesn't come up again, we'll keep his - like all of our players - health in mind." , as quoted by criccbuzz Smith had the misfortune of being hit in the head by a ball "He was probably on his 30,000th ball and he probably had about two or three to go.

The facilities over here are brilliant but they're a bit worn because of so much traffic through them over the last few months. So one ball just didn't quite get up and he ducked into it and it hit him on the side of the helmet.

It was unfortunate, these things happen," said Langer about the blow in the nets.

Reserve players won't play the next game

If Australia had won the reserve players would have won a place in the team in the third game, but that will not happen "When we were cruising in the last game, my mind was ticking over all sorts of opportunities, (thinking) 'We might be able to give the (reserve) guys the last game,'" said Langer.

"I would suggest the rivalry between England and Australia and how tight the T20 series and one-day series (have been), they probably won't get the same opportunities they might have had the results gone differently.

"It's a shame, but I've been consistent in saying from the start of the tour we'll be picking our best team as much as we can, that's the Australian way of doing things. But we've had eyes on them, we've seen what they're like around the group, we've seen their talent, we've seen them in the practice games.

It bodes well for the future." Glenn Maxwell thinks that the English played better, they had great pressure but Australia expects to win the next match and will do their best "We probably had chances in every game so far in this tour - to win games at different times - but as good sides do, England just kept on coming at us and kept keeping the pressure on.

We just got to be able to deal with those pressure moments a little bit better and hopefully we can come out on the winning side," Maxwell said. "We're looking forward to the opportunity to probably get to bat in the last game.

Hopefully on a new, fresh wicket we can really take advantage of the conditions. We played extremely well in game one to win that on a reasonably fresh wicket. Hopefully, we can do the same thing on this pitch as well.