Australia coach Justin Langer has responded to former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s criticism on Australia’s slow batting by saying that this current Aussie team is inexperienced and the wicket was tough to bat on.
Responding to India’s first inning total of 250 runs, Australia scored 191 runs on day two of the Adelaide Test.
After watching Australia’s batting, Sachin Tendulkar had claimed that he hasn’t seen such defensive mindset by an Australian team before. He had expressed his views in a tweet.
Australia lost seven wickets on day two while scoring 191 runs and had a run-rate of just 2.17 per over.
When asked about Sachin’s remarks, Langer explained the teams Sachin would have played against started with Allan Border and David Boon, and Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh, and Ricky Ponting.
Langer feels these guys had great Test match experience and they knew their game, were comfortable in their own skin and they knew what to expect.
Whereas according to the Australian coach they have got a team at the moment who are very inexperienced in Test match cricket, particularly their batting side.
He noted that they are just fighting as hard as they can, they’re fighting their backsides off, they’re always looking to score but the wicket is tough, and it’s a slow outfield. He believes that this the beauty of Test cricket, it’s bloody hard work.
At the same time, Langer took a dig at Indian captain Virat Kohli’s animated celebrations.
He made it clear that he loved seeing that passion but at the same time, he feels that if Australia players did that at the moment they would be the worst blokes in the world
He also noted that it is a fine line but that’s the truth of it.