It’s very disappointing, really slack: Langer on slow over-rate in Melbourne Test


Head coach Justin Langer on Tuesday mentioned Australia had been “really slack” in not preserve their over-rate in the Melbourne Test in opposition to India which ultimately value them a spot in the World Test Championships remaining.

Australia had been fined 4 WTC factors for being two overs behind in the second Test of the four-match collection.

India just lately beat England 3-1 in a house Test collection to arrange a WTC remaining conflict with New Zealand in June and Australia may have certified in place of the Kiwis if not for that slow over-rate penalty.

“This might be the silliest thing I’ve ever said, but our manager Gavin Dovey … he’d been away, he’d gone home for Christmas to be with his family,” Langer advised SEN.

“It wasn’t until after the game that we realised our over rate was down. Now, that’s really slack on our behalf.”

In the WTC standing, New Zealand completed 0.3 per cent forward of Australia, who had determined to not journey to South Africa for a Test collection as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

“I remember we were in the team room afterwards and I spoke to Painey (skipper Tim Paine) and Dene Hills, our analyst, about it. I was a bit grumpy about it and I thought ‘imagine if this cost us the World Test Championship’,” Langer mentioned.

“And I discussed it to the gamers afterwards that two overs down may value us the World Test Championship. And so, now we have to get higher at that and ensure it doesn’t occur in Sydney and Brisbane.

“It’s very disappointing, but the lesson is the things that we can control, we have to control. And we can’t relax for a second in Test cricket.”

With India internet hosting the T20 World Cup later this yr, Langer mentioned IPl-bound Australian gamers’ performances in the T20 league will likely be considered after they sit to pick the workforce for the ICC occasion.

“There’s no better showcase for some of our players. They’re playing in the same conditions (as the World Cup). We’ll watch that really closely and see who performs well,” Langer mentioned.

“It’s a great opportunity for a lot of players. They get to play a lot of cricket under pressure, that can only benefit them individually and us collectively.”

The IPL will run from April 9 to May 30 throughout six venues in India.


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