“It will be tough for everyone. We are talking about elite athletes so they’ll be well prepared for it but there’s no doubt it will have an effect,” Langer said. “If you’re a fast bowler or batting in a helmet, for hopefully a long period of time, being in 40 [degrees] is like being in a sauna. I imagine it will be pretty hot inside the stadium as well. It will be a battle of endurance, fitness and skill and, again, that’s why we love Test cricket.”
Langer said his men will be ready for the conditions, saying he preferred playing in the heat than the cold.
“It’s going to be hot and going to be hard, that’s OK,” Langer said. “We like the heat and we’ll give it our best crack.”
The heat is likely to result in shorter spells for the quicks with spinner Nathan Lyon to play more of a role despite the prospect of a pace-friendly pitch.
After the rotation policy of the Ashes, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc have retained their spots in Australia.
“It’s very good, I’d rather have it as our side than play against it, no doubt,” Langer said. “Put Nathan Lyon in it, who’s just brilliant, then it’s a very good attack. I’ll let everyone else judge if it’s the best attack in the world, statistically we aren’t yet in terms of rankings but the guys are moving up and are getting better and better as a unit.
“I’ve said since England if we make enough runs we’ll win a lot of games because we have a very good pace-bowling attack, the best off-spin bowling in the world.
“There’s there’s some really good depth as well. It’s a nice position to be in.”
In a rare occurrence, there is no player under pressure in the Australian side, which has overcome the turmoil of the previous 12 months to retain the urn in England and start the home summer with devastating wins, albeit against a moderate opponent.
“I’ve said for 18 months there used to be a philosophy in Australian cricket which worked so well for us, it’s harder to get into the Australian cricket team than it is to get out of it,” Langer said.
“That usually happens when guys are playing well and the team is playing well. We’ve won the last couple of Test matches. There’s definite benefit and advantage in keeping the core group of players together and hopefully this will be another opportunity this week to do that.”
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald