Head coach of the Australian cricket team, Justin Langer is confident that his batsmen will be able to tackle the Indian bowlers, particularly the pacers after having played against them in the IPL.
Some of the batsmen from the Australian squad played the recently concluded IPL in the UAE. David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, and Marcus Stoinis played with and against the Indian bowlers who will feature in the two-month-long tour down under. Warner was the third-highest run-scorer of the IPL.
We have great respect for the Indian bowlers: Justin Langer
Speaking to the broadcaster, Justin Langer lauded the Indian bowlers; spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, and the ever-threatening, Mohammed Shami as a dangerous new ball attack. However, Justin Langer believes that the batsman in the squad – in limited-overs and Test cricket – have seen and analyzed them over the past couple of years after playing with them in the IPL and international cricket.
The 50-year-old Justin Langer said that both the team know each other in and around after spending a lot of time playing together in the past couple of years, and this will make the matches more exciting.
Talking with Sony, Justin Langer said, “Well, we know Jasprit Bumrah, world-class bowler, (Mohammed) Shami, really good opening combination. We have great respect for that and guys have seen a fair bit of them, through the IPL and the last couple of summers.
“Our guys have seen a lot of each other and that’s what I love about the contest, you see which teams are growing, which players are growing. We have played a bit against each other now.”
The former opener says that they have great respect for all the Indian bowlers, be it spinners, experienced pacers, or youngsters like Navdeep Saini. The Indian pacer bowling trio of Bumrah, Shami, and Ishant Sharma took 48 wickets combines- Bumrah with 21 scalps was the leading wicket-taker.
Justin Langer acknowledges the danger the opposition bowlers possess and is assured that his batsmen will be on their toes throughout the next couple of months. The left-hander asserts that his batters are ready for the Indian challenge after having seen and worked plenty on them.
“So, we have great respect, great respect for their spinners, great respect for Bumrah, Shami, their other bowlers (Navdeep) Saini. Our guys know they are going to be on their toes all the time in all forms of the game against the Indian bowling attack. But they are working hard, they have seen a bit now and they will be ready for it,” Justin Langer added.
Australia will host India for six white-ball games and four Test matches. The three-match ODI series commences on 27th November followed by three T20Is. The much-awaited Border-Gavaskar series will begin on 17th December with a day-night Test in Adelaide followed by the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, New Year’s Test in Sydney, and the last Test match in Australia’s fortress, Brisbane.