The Australian Test captain Tim Paine was quite confident about Justin Langer’s importance in the team and backed the head coach to come good after having intense discussions. The Australian head coach Justin Langer has had a tough time with the side not performing well in the overseas tours.
It started off with the home test series loss to India at the start of the year and it continued into the T20 international series loss in West Indies. Australia then toured Bangladesh and lost its first-ever bilateral series against the side. Despite the senior players not being available, Australia is a side that has enough bench strength to knock down any opponent.
Tim Paine Feels Justin Langer Needs The Support He Deserves
Tim Paine mentioned that the important persons in the Australian team setup including the likes of himself, Finch, Cummins, and other leaders had discussed the expectations from the coach and the team to move forward. He added that it was important to get around Langer and show a lot of support towards him. It is a big positive that the leaders still believe in Justin Langer’s work.
“It was important that myself, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins and the leaders of Australian cricket got around him, discussed things that needed to be discussed and then got around him and supported him to move forward.
The last few days we’ve really been able to galvanise around him, to have some really robust discussions on where we want to take this cricket team, what we expect of him and what he expects of us,” Tim Paine said on Radio Station SEN Hobart.
Tim Paine Reckons Justin Langer Shouldn’t Be Blamed For Australia’s Failings
Tim Paine Opined that Justin Langer isn’t the man responsible for the downfall of the Australian side in recent times and added that he and the team haven’t performed up to the standards they are used to.
“It’s been a bit of a shame the last week that a lot of the failings around Australian cricket have been pinned on JL (Langer),”
“That’s certainly not the case. We haven’t lived up to our own standards on the field,” he added.
Australia has two important series coming up next with the T20 Worldcup and then the Ashes.