New Australia coach Justin Langer has shared his anger and disbelief over the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Talking to former England captain Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports activities, forward of Australia’s opening ODI towards England, Langer mentioned the earlier facet performed like “spoilt brats”.
“Once upon a time, the opposition didn’t like us because we played really good, hard cricket — we were very skilful and we won a lot of games,” Langer mentioned.
“It’s easy to dislike the opposition if they’re good, but there have been too many whispers in the last 12 months or so about the abuse on the field, or dare I say, the side playing like spoilt brats.”
The previous Western Australia coach additionally revealed the sense of shock he skilled upon seeing how occasions unfolded through the third Take a look at match in Cape City.
“When that moment happened, as a past player and lover of Australia, I nearly died,” he mentioned.
“And when I saw it was Cameron Bancroft, my heart nearly came out of my chest, I couldn’t believe it.”
Langer has now been tasked with overhauling the crew’s tradition, which clearly drifted within the mistaken route underneath former coach Darren Lehmann.
Nevertheless, what the previous opener received’t do is muzzle his crew, or permit them to be push overs on the sector.
He defended the proper of the Australian crew to proceed sledging the opposition.
“It depends how you define sledging. In Australia, it’s almost a term of endearment,” Langer mentioned.
“If I play playing cards with my 12-year-old daughter Gracie, then we sledge one another, or name it banter or name it chat, no matter you need. I’ll play golf with my Mum and Dad and go, ‘nice sledge, nice sledge!’
“But we don’t abuse each other, there is no room for abuse anywhere. I don’t think it is a trait anyone would be proud of, abusing someone.”
New coach Langer pleased with rookie bowlers
Justin Langer says he has been delighted with the showings of his rookie quick bowlers and admits some robust choices could have to be made forward of Australia’s opening ODI towards England.
With Andrew Tye rested towards Middlesex on Saturday, Billy Stanlake was given a chance to impress and succeeded, taking 2-45 and continually unsettling the batsmen along with his tempo.
Kane Richardson took three wickets with Michael Neser grabbing two and Jhye Richardson taking one.
Langer confirmed Ashton Agar would begin forward of Nathan Lyon at The Oval on Wednesday however admits the make-up of the tempo assault is but to be decided.
“Traditionally in one-day cricket we have had four specialist bowlers and maybe got 10 overs out of Marcus (Stoinis) and the spinners, but the captain has plenty of options,” he mentioned.
Large Queenslander Stanlake definitely made an impression at Lord’s and Langer mentioned he’s additionally been impressed along with his Bulls teammate Neser.
“Billy Stanlake is six foot ten or whatever and he bowls fast,” he mentioned.
“He’s a really very vivid prospect clearly, and over time he’ll get stronger in his physique and get fitter.
“He’ll give you the chance to play numerous cricket. He’s an enormous expertise.
“The one I’m actually impressed with is Michael Neser. He jogs my memory a little bit of Andy Bichel and Michael Kasprowicz.
“Nice folks within the crew, all the time smiling, they usually simply compete. My daughters just like the BBL they usually like Michael Neser as a result of he smiles on a regular basis.
“He’s a really good person to have in the team and could easily play in the first game.”
Langer additionally mentioned batting expertise may be a deciding issue within the make-up of the bowling assault.
“For the bowlers, if you can bat a bit at the end, that’s why England have been so successful … their batting depth all the way down. I think having that depth is important,” he mentioned.