Australia Head Coach Justin Langer Against Fielding Two Teams Concurrently

Australia Head Coach Justin Langer Against Fielding Two Teams Concurrently

Justin Langer, Cameron Green, Australia vs India 2019
Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Brake - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

In the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic, to recover from the losses sustained due to non-commencement of matches, England were in for fielding two teams at a place. But Australia head coach Justin Langer has showed his concerns and clearly communicated his thoughts with the board chairman and CEO.

Australia are scheduled to play five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against New Zealand from February 22, which might coincide with the proposed Test series against South Africa as per the FTP. Langer, however, is clearly against fielding two teams concurrently.

Glenn Maxwell, Justin Langer
Justin Langer. Image Courtesy: Getty

“we’re one country, aren’t we?”: Justin Langer

Langer is passionate about his game and from that perspective he has informed about his decision to Cricket Australia chairman and CEO. He also added that he doesn’t wants two Australian team in one place and it is his personal opinion. Further explaining his views, Langer mentioned that Australia is one country and cricket is one sport.

“Not just from a coach’s point of view but also from someone who’s passionate about Australian cricket’s point of view, my personal opinion, and the chairman knows this, the CEO knows this really clearly, is I didn’t like it at all,” Justin Langer told SEN Radio. 

Justin Langer
Justin Langer. Credit: Getty Images

“I don’t ever want to have two Australian teams in one place, that’s my personal opinion. In this year with what’s happening with Covid, I understand there’s complexities to it. (But) we’re one country, aren’t we? We’re not two countries, and the one sport,” said Langer.

Cricket Australia are scheduled to host India from December 3 in the bio-bubble. The final Test will conclude on January 7, 2021 which will be followed with a three-match ODI series. The proposed schedule is still subject to confirmation.