On Day 3 of the opening Test between India and Australia, with playing getting delayed due to rain, Justin Langer spoke to media on the ongoing Test while addressing some of the questions that had come up from the first two days. One of them was India skipper Virat Kohli’s celebrations on Aaron Finch’s dismissal, off Ishant Sharma, on just the third delivery of the inning. He further defended the Aussie team on their scoring rate which hovered around the two runs per over mark. He stated allowances should be made for youth and inexperience.
#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.
At close of play on the second day, Australia were 191/7 on what was proving to be a difficult batting. Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “#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.”
In reply, Langer said, “I saw the tweet from Sachin saying he’s never seen an Australian side bat so defensively,” Langer told SEN. “That said every time he’s played Australia he had Allan Border or David Boon, guys who have played 300 or 400 Tests between them. We’ve literally got kids when it comes to Test cricket playing. They’re just finding their own skin, they’re fighting their backsides off, not only to help us win the Test match, but to find out what Test cricket’s about.”
“You’re always looking to score, every one of them is looking to score, but they bowled really well, Ashwin bowled well, we’ve got to find different ways of playing him, that’ll come. But it’s a very different team this batting order than what we’ve seen in past Australian teams.”
“After the day’s play I knew there’d be a lot of comments about, like Sachin’s comments, I knew that’s what they’d say,” Langer told Fox Sports. “And if that starts affecting our players then that’s going to really hurt us so the key is to get as close to the mark as we can and regardless of whether it’s no more runs or go ahead of them it’s going to be key how we bowl in the second innings.”