Langer: Steven Smith coaches himself and I’m sure he’ll work it out

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Batsman hasn’t had four single-digit scores in a row since 2015, but Australia’s coach is not stressed

From Australia’s point of view, now would be a good time for Steven Smith to find his hands for the second time this season.

The last time he did, during a quarantine training session in Sydney during his 14-day isolation following the IPL, he followed it with back-to-back hundreds off 62 balls in the first two ODIs.

It has been a different story in the first two Test matches with completed innings of 1, 0 and 8 in Adelaide and Melbourne. He was unbeaten in a brief stay in the run chase in the first Test, but if he’s dismissed for single figures in the first innings at the SCG, it will be just the second time he has made three in a row – the other being a run of four during the 2015 Ashes.

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