Langer responds to Tendulkar’s criticism on AUS batting
Updated on: Dec 9, 2018 12:26 am IST
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.
Tendulkar feels Australia batted with defensive mindset
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.
#TeamIndia should make the most of this situation and not lose their grip. The defensive mindset by the Australian batsmen at home is something I’ve not seen before in my experience. @ashwinravi99 has been very effective and has played a role to help the team be on top, for now.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 7, 2018
Australia lost seven wickets on day two while scoring 191 runs and had a run-rate of just 2.17 per over.
Langer defends his team against Tendulkar’s criticism
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.
If we celebrated like kohli, we would be the worst blokes: Langer
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.