The Australian team will embark to England on their first assignment since March and head coach Justin Langer has underlined the sacrifices Cricket Australia need to make to keep the game afloat. The COVID-19 pandemic spread worldwide has turned around everybody’s lives surrounding all aspects, having forced to redefine their priorities. Justin Langer believes that Australian cricketers must be ready to make sacrifices for the health of the game.
The men in yellow will leave for the United Kingdom on Sunday for its white-ball tour. Australia and England will square off in three ODIs and three T20Is, beginning from the 4th of September and ending on the 16th. England were one of the first teams to resume international cricket, starting from their Test series against the West Indies. Currently, Englishmen are playing against Pakistan in a bilateral leg.
Justin Langer reckons that sacrifices need to be made for not only the game in Australia but also worldwide. The Western Australian calls for it to ensure that people see Australia engage themselves in the sport again.
“We’ve got to make some sacrifices for the greater good of the game of cricket in Australia but also the game worldwide. We’ve got to make sacrifices to make sure people get to see the Australian cricket team play again,” the former Australian opener said as quoted by Times of India.
Those are some of the compromises we are looking at: Justin Langer
The 49-year old pointed out that the bio-secure bubbles, comprising of several restrictions might not enable them to visit families. On the other hand, some best players might not get to play top-level cricket, owing to their willingness to spend time with families. He stated that they are aware of all of it and would be adjusting in the coming days.
“We might not be able to see our families because we need to keep the show on the road. Some of our best players might have to miss some international cricket so they can spend some time seeing families. Those are some of the compromises we might be looking at; we are aware and work through it as they come up,” Langer conceded.
There has to be and if we do that we will all benefit: Justin Langer
Justin Langer understands that there has been no international cricket going in Australia and aware that things would not be like before. The 105-Test veteran feels it is critical to kickstart Men’s and women’s BBL, which is vital to the health of the game. According to the southpaw, it would require compromises, which will benefit them all.
“We know it’s not going to be like it has always been. If we can just accept that and all work together then we’ll get the best outcomes. What is so crucial is we get the men’s internationals up and running, the Big Bash, some of the women’s internationals and Women’s Big Bash up and running. They are crucial for the health of our game, so we’ve got to work together; there is going to be some compromises made. There has to be and if we do that then we will all benefit,” the 49-year old added further.