Australia coach Justin Langer feels that his side is not far away from becoming the best team in the world. But also admitted that currently, it’s arch-rivals England who are the toughest opponent in white-ball cricket.
Justin Langer’s side faced the wrath of England first-hand when Eoin Morgan’s men thrashed Australia by 8 wickets last week. But, that was the only defeat Australia suffered in the Super 12 stage and qualified for the semi-final along with group leader England.
Australia have won all their four matches chasing – 3 of them rather comfortably – and are likely to meet Pakistan in the semi-final this week. The head coach reckoned they have got plenty of talented cricketers, and the team is on a learning process in T20 cricket.
“Not that long ago we were the best team in the world and some of that cricket shows we can be the best team in the world,” Justin Langer told reporters.
“I think England are leading the way at the moment and we’ve got exciting prospects. We’re taking great lessons from this tournament on how we can continue to play T20 cricket now, for this tournament, and moving forward.”
Pakistan have got a good all-round team: Justin Langer
Speaking about Pakistan, the Aussie head coach lavished praise on the Babar Azam-led outfit, who have won all their four matches so far.
Justin Langer pointed out that Pakistan boasts a menacing bowling attack apart from a strong batting unit, led by Babar himself.
“They’ve got a good all-round team, like we have, and they’re well-led. Their captain, Babar Azam, is a superstar of the game. They’ve some good pace bowlers and they have a couple of good spinners, so they’re a well-balanced side like we are, so it should be a great game of cricket,” the former Aussie opener stated.
Pakistan will take on Scotland on Sunday evening. However, it’s the game between New Zealand and Afghanistan in the afternoon that holds the fate of both of them and India’s.