Australia’s head coach, Justin Langer has warned there will be more tough days to come after their record loss by 242 runs in the third ODI at Trent Bridge against England on June 19 (Tuesday).
Meanwhile, Langer said his team “couldn’t have had a worse day”, as they conceded a world-record ODI score of 6-481. Moreover, England bowled them out for less than half that total.
The hosts struck 21 sixes, and 42 boundaries, as Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales notched their centuries. It was a harsh reality check on Langer’s ODI team less than 12 months out from the World Cup.
The true toll of the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal is perhaps only now beginning to play out for Australian cricket. The Aussie side is perhaps suffering due to a vacuum of experience and leadership. The team is missing six first-choice players. While four of them are nursing injuries, Cricket Australia has slapped 12-months ban of Steven Smith and David Warner.
Langer, while not referencing the absent players, spoke after the match about “taking responsibility”.
“We’ve all got to take more responsibility. The great players take responsibility, they get the job done,” he said. “It’s a pretty sad dressing room in there the last three games because the Australian cricket team, people expect us to win all the time.
The former Australia opener also reckoned there would more tough days coming. Despite admitting Australia will never be more confident, he said we have to take this head-on.
“We’ve certainly got challenges. I mean, they are young and we recognise that. We’re not going to be a more confident or more experienced team like that (snapping fingers). To do that we are going to have to go through some pretty tough days and tough series like this to get better I reckon,” he added.
Langer reiterated it is a crime to get all out with 37 overs on one of the best batting tracks of the world. At that stage, England were warming up at 2-334.
“For us to get all out in the 37th over on literally the best batting track in the world, there were some hugely missed opportunities there for some of our batters,” Langer said. “Can’t have had a worse day. But we’re not making excuses for today, for us not to bat through the innings is terrible,” he stressed.
In conclusion, Langer is hopeful young cricketers will learn from this and come out stronger.