Without the likes of David Warner and Steven Smith, Australian batting unit has struggled over the last few months to put up good scored. Meanwhile, coach Justin Langer admits nobody is banging the door down as he mulls how to fix both Australia’s top six and a national batting crisis. They are staring at a third straight series defeat in Tests as they take on India in Sydney, trailing 1-2.
However, Australia will try to do some permutation combination in the team ahead of the final Test in Sydney. Langer has added Marnus Labuschagne in the 14-man squad for the fourth Test against Indian National Cricket Team. Despite admitting the need for improvement in the team’s batting department, Langer said Australia did not have enough resources to replace players in the existing lineup.
“Try being a selector at the moment. We’ve got to be careful not to reward poor performances but … it’s not as if the guys are absolutely banging the door down. Most of our batters knocking on the door are averaging in the 30s (in the Sheffield Shield).” said Justin Langer.
Moreover, Australia’s opening pair had scored less runs in comparison to the tail-enders. Langer acknowledged recent results suggest domestic players are not adequately prepared to make the step up.
“The art of batting, we’ve got some work to do. Whether it’s the system … whether it’s something we’ve got to change in our psyche, I’m not sure. It’s something everyone is looking at.” the coach added.
Furthermore, Langer backed Aaron Finch despite poor run form in the series. So far he had scored 97 runs from six innings including only one half-century.
“He’s working harder probably than he’s ever worked … he’ll be better for this period. He’s the only guy playing all three forms of the game (for Australia) … he’s got to somehow recharge his batteries over and over and over again. It’s a great challenge.” Justin langer concluded.
The fourth and final Test will commence from January 3, 2019, at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).