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Australia coach Justin Langer urges England to embrace his methods

Justin Langer invited his English audience to adopt the ‘new-age’ methods that caused eyebrows to be raised when Australia first set foot on the Edgbaston pitch this week.

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The unorthodox Australia coach smiled when asked about getting his players to remove their shoes and socks in the build-up to Thursday’s World Cup semi-final.

‘What is it called, earthing? I don’t know what you’d call it,’ insisted Langer. ‘We just took our shoes and socks off and did a lap of the ground. It’s a nice place to be 

‘Matthew Hayden and I used to do it before every Test as a bit of a ritual. You can walk on the best grounds in the world with your shoes off. We had a tough game against South Africa and it’s about staying as relaxed as possible.

‘We’ve done it about 15 times. It feels good. You should try it. It’s a really nice feeling.’

It seems unlikely Langer will get any takers in an England team coached by Trevor Bayliss, a rather more traditional Australian.

‘I’m not sure Trevor will ever have us doing that,’ confirmed a rather more down-to-earth, so to speak, Ben Stokes.

Langer was happier to talk about his selection issues after Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja were ruled out of the tournament by injury.

Marcus Stoinis came through net practice at Edgbaston on Tuesday without a reaction to the side injury he suffered in Australia’s defeat by South Africa and looks certain to play against England, while Peter Handscomb will take Khawaja’s place.

Australia may also spring a surprise and rush Matthew Wade — Khawaja’s squad replacement — straight into the side in place of Glenn Maxwell. 

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