EDGBASTON – Australia's cricketers poured their hearts out and shared their Cricket World Cup dreams in a barefoot bonding session at Edgbaston as the champions look to rally in their semi-final clash against England.
Rocked by a spate of injuries and a surprise 10-run loss to South Africa, coach Justin Langer, a self-described “hippy”, had his players whip their socks and shoes off for a lap of a ground that has not produced overwhelming success for Australian teams.
Aaron Finch's team and its entourage of support staff sat down in a circle on the field, with each member taking turns to talk about the side's run in the tournament and what it would mean to hoist the trophy at Lord's after the final.
“(It was) just a moment to get a feel for the ground - literally,” said Peter Handscomb, drafted in as injury cover after Shaun Marsh's departure. “It’s something the coach has done before at other venues for a bit of grounding.
“It was nice. You get a feel of the grass on your feet, the positive and negative energy flowing through and coming out of the earth.”