Langer re­buffs Ten­dulkar crit­i­cism

Oman Daily Observer - - CRICKET -

ADE­LAIDE, Aus­tralia: Coach Justin Langer on Satur­day re­buffed crit­i­cism from Sachin Ten­dulkar that Aus­tralia’s bat­ting was too de­fen­sive, and com­plained that if his team cel­e­brated like Vi­rat Kohli, they would be seen as “the worst blokes in the world”.

Aus­tralia ended day two of the open­ing Test against In­dia in Ade­laide on Fri­day 191-7, with only Travis Head of­fer­ing some se­ri­ous re­sis­tance.

Su­per­star Ten­dulkar tweeted that “the de­fen­sive mind­set by the Aus­tralian bats­men at home is some­thing I’ve not seen be­fore in my ex­pe­ri­ence”.

Langer told his play­ers not to let the sledge get un­der their skin, and said it was a dif­fer­ent era when Ten­dulkar played against Aus­tralia, who then boosted a far more ex­pe­ri­enced lineup.

“The teams that Sachin would have played against started with Al­lan Bor­der and David Boon, and Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh, and Ricky Ponting,” he told Fox Sports.

“Guys that had great Test match ex­pe­ri­ence and they knew their game, were com­fort­able in their own skin and they knew what to ex­pect.

“Whereas we’ve got a team at the mo­ment who are very in­ex­pe­ri­enced in Test match cricket, par­tic­u­larly our bat­ting side.”

He added that his team was “fight­ing their back­sides off ”.

“We have to be pa­tient with them. You can’t give these guys 30 or 50 matches of Test match ex­pe­ri­ence. They have to earn it.”

In the wake of a scathing re­view into the ball-tam­per­ing this year, which slammed the team for its winat-all-costs cul­ture, Aus­tralia is also con­scious that it needs to tone its in­fa­mous abra­sive at­ti­tude.

Langer con­ceded their be­hav­iour was un­der scru­tiny in Ade­laide, where com­bat­ive and vo­cal In­dian skip­per Vi­rat Kohli has en­thu­si­as­ti­cally cel­e­brated Aus­tralian wick­ets.

He said there was a fine line be­tween cel­e­bra­tion and go­ing over the top, and if his team acted like Kohli in the cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment, “we’d be the worst blokes in the world”.

“It’s a fine line, isn’t it? That’s the truth of it. But I love see­ing the pas­sion,” said Langer.

— Reuters

In­dia’s cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli re­acts af­ter the dis­missal of Aus­tralia’s Travis Head dur­ing day three of the first Test.

— Reuters

Aus­tralia’s Mar­cus Har­ris leaves the field af­ter be­ing dis­missed by In­dia’s Ravichan­dran Ash­win dur­ing day two of the first Test.

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