Last Update on: December 10th, 2021 at 11:53 am
Australia Men’s Cricket Team Head Coach Justin Langer has taken a dig at England spinner Jack Leach after he conceded over 100 runs in an innings in the first Ashes 2021-22 Test at the Gabba, Brisbane.
England’s batting unit struggled in the first Test against Australia at the Gabba and a similar thing was seen in the bowling side of things. However, the most expensive bowler from England was spinner Leach who was controversially picked ahead of veteran pacer Stuart Broad in the playing XI.
Leach bowled just 13 overs and ended up consuming 102 runs at an economy of 7.84 and he picked just one wicket as he dismissed Marnus Labuschagne.
Meanwhile, Australian coach Justin Langer has said that they have a huge competitive advantage over England as they have a world-class spinner, Nathan Lyon, in the team. He said:
“One of the things where we have a massive competitive advantage is we have a world-class spinner.”
Talking about England spinners Leach and Dom Bess, the Australian Head Coach said that they are young spinners and Australia will always go aggressive against them. He elaborated:
“Jack Leach and Dom Bess, they’re still quite young spinners. We want to put them under pressure. And then get England thinking about what their selection strategy is going to be. We know how important a spinner is in Australia.”
Australia Really Were Aggressive Against Jack Leach – Allan Border
Speaking to Fox Cricket former Australian captain Allan Border has criticised the selection of Leach over Stuart Broad. He said:
“Obviously the Australians had talked about the England bowling generally and who to watch and be careful with. Obviously they decided Jack Leach on this sort of surface they are going to really attack him. The field was up and they were prepared to go and hit over the top.”
Allan Border feels that Australia going aggressive against Leach put a lot of pressure on the England bowling unit. He said:
“They really were aggressive against Leach. Then it put the pressure back on the England bowling. England wanted someone to bowl some overs and tie up an end and attack with their medium-pacers at the other end.”
Border also criticised England for leaving out two crackerjack pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad from the playing XI. He said:
“It was fantastic tactics from the Australians. They really put a lot of pressure on the England spinner. You have two crackerjack pace bowlers [Broad and James Anderson] sitting on the sidelines so to me that is a bit of a boo-boo.”
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