SRI LANKA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA 2018-19
Langer nicknamed the other newcomer Jhye Richardson as a "tragic trick" before praising his skill and discipline © Getty
"I kept thinking before the game, imagine Sri Lanka winning us in the Gabba, that's why I have not slept much last week!" It's a date that can only come from a person in Australian cricket: Justin Langer. If you close your eyes, it is not difficult to imagine their gestures by offering the kind of information that rarely comes out of the media machine unless it is the Australian coach in front of the microphones.
Saturday was a good day for Langer and his incipient side, dispatching to Sri Lanka, discovering a quick bowler's jewel, Jhye Richardson, during the three days. However, hours before, he woke up with a profile of a magazine that, for the most part, drew from his eccentricities. Behind a keyboard, this is easy to do, we all do it. Face to face, less like that. In more intimate environments, your serious and vulnerable words can be quite disarming. A little charming, even.
Of course, nothing that Langer inherited is simple, and not least the selection. For example, it has been reported that Western Australia was overwhelmed by severe criticism directed in its own way after announcing its United Arab Emirates test squad when it left Glenn Maxwell. Feeling a similar reaction could be coming when the decision was made not to make a debut to wizard Will Pucovski in Brisbane, considered an unorthodox option.
"I almost called Pete (Lalor, The Australian actually cricket correspondent), "he revealed." This is a real story; to see how it would be received from the public by choosing someone from outside the (original squad). "Langer continued:" It is likely that he will agonize more at this time of the season than he will inform me if I am completely frank. . Hopefully, I'll get tougher with the years that way and I will not think about that. "
It's the kind of admission that serves as a reminder that Langer is, after all, only six months into his term. For those who want to get a coherent reading on how they will go when it comes to directing this side to a much better place than the place where they currently reside, they will be disappointed. Maybe it's a way out, but it's too early to know how this will work. Like his young players, he is also looking for a method to make his new job work.
What Langer can be satisfied with is that the two players who entered the XI from outside the original team looked the same. "I was very glad that we had the courage to have that flexibility and bring someone from the outside," he said of Kurtis Patterson, who received a beautiful delivery of 30 but felt comfortable with 82 balls in the middle. "He looked like a test hitter [with] What a good rhythm it is. He is a good-looking player and took some big catches in the ravine. He's another tragic cricketer, so you like to have tragic in the Australian cricket team. "
Langer also nicknamed the other newcomer Jhye Richardson (match figures 27-10-45-5) as a "tragic cricket" before praising his skill and discipline in the fold. In the space of a test, he has done everything, but he has thrown himself into the ashes. But as to whether it is used primarily as a swing specialist in England, that is not certain. Others, like Peter Siddle, Dan Worrall and Trent Copeland, will probably have their chance if they finish the domestic season well.
"I hope I'm not talking outside the school with the other selectors, but I can not see ourselves picking up the Ashes before the Australian A tour," Langer said, noting they will delay naming the formal Ashes tour party until it is all right. on the tour & # 39; A & # 39 ;, which took place at the beginning of the northern summer. "There will be really good opportunities for the boys selected for Australia A, while the World Cup is underway, to win the hand."
With the bat, Langer was pleased with the fact that Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, two players that he has supported to a great extent, achieved steady progress in the Gabba, both of them obtained new higher scores in a partnership with a value of 166. "Heady hit a loose shot and it was almost like," Oh, oh, it's okay, everything I've been talking about, "and then he let the ball reach him and he looked like a very good test player," he said. "That's the good thing about the experience, you have to go through difficult times to learn it." I talked to him and he said, "Imagine if I get out of there, I'll see you again with the third man." he learned from that and that's good for him. "
As for Queensland, Langer's belief is that he is more than the sum of its parts as an international prospect. "When they selected him in the UAE, that's what people saw as he did it," he said. "More than the races, he had a good footwork, he played very well, he played very well in the Gabba gap, he plays almost like an Indian hitter, he comes back, uses his feet and uses his hands". in the holes, use the sweep shot well, lower the window. It was more what we were seeing in the way he was doing, not necessarily the careers he was doing. Sometimes, they choose people because of the way they do their job and then you tell them they're going to have a good career. "
Langer expressed his preference for an unchanged team for the second test, even with Marcus Stoinis added to the team in case a determination is made that the notoriously flat pace in Canberra requires an additional sewing option. However, he offered the general rule that any SUV used in the test cricket underneath him will have to justify his worth: "They have to be chosen as a bowling hitter a bit or as a bowler that you" I have to to be chosen only in one of the disciplines. That is a great challenge for everyone in the country. "
He showed a reminder of Langer's irritable side by answering questions on the radio about the form of Mitch Starc. An hour later, in a better mood with the press, he simply noticed that he was not going to do without a bowler with 200 trial terrains in the near future. Pragmatic, loyal, volatile, sincere, curious, all on another day with Langer. Six and a few months down, six more difficult to achieve. What is certain: we will not have to ignore it.