Ashes 2019: Mentor Steve Waugh rejoins Australia camp ahead of fourth Test
Steve Waugh had gone back due to prior commitments. @AFP

Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh has joined Tim Paine and company for the remaining two matches of the Ashes as mentor. Waugh had arrived in Manchester on Sunday night as the team gears up for the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

“We asked him to stay for the third Test, but he had to go back for a function,” Australia coach Justin Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“But he was actually going to fly there, do the function and fly back the next day. That’s how much he’s enjoying it. He’s been like a kid at Christmas. To come back after such a long time away from the game, his passion and enthusiasm for the game has been brilliant and it’s going to be great,” he added.

Australia coach Justin Langer
Justin Langer welcomed Steve Waugh’s comeback to the Aussie camp. (AFP Photo)

Langer welcomed the move and said it will benefit his players in the present and future.

“Guys like ‘Punter’ (Ricky Ponting) and Steve Waugh, not only have they got a great presence within the group but they’re great psychologists as well,” Langer said.

“They’ve been in the cauldron before, they’ve seen it before. We talk about developing our leadership in Australian cricket, to have your guys being able to learn from people of that calibre is very important short term, but longer term there’s huge value in that,” he added.