Empathise with Indians but I am glad if they are stressed out: Justin Langer
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Australia chief coach Justin Langer can empathise with the Indian team after the 36-run shocker it endured in Adelaide however he is also “thankful” that the visitors are “stressed out” throughout the Christmas weekend ahead of the second Test on December 26.
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Having won the first Test within two and half days by dismissing India for their lowest Test score of 36, Langer said his group would look to drive home the benefit in the lack of Virat Kohli by putting relentless pressure on brand-new skipper Ajinkya Rahane.
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” None of my company. I have actually had enough with stresses … I empathise with the opposition and I know what it seems like. If India are feeling any tension, I am happy they are and not us over the Christmas weekend,” Langer stated during a virtual media conference arranged by series broadcasters Sony Network.
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He did admit that the absence of Kohli (paternity leave) and Mohammed Shami (wrist fracture) would be a benefit for his team however the focus strongly remains by itself preparation.
” Obviously, whatever sport you play, if you take out two of your stars, Virat Kohli is an all-time fantastic player I think and Shami is a real glue for the group because he is so parsimonious and expert. It undoubtedly gives us some benefit,” he stated.
” We require to begin strongly on the first day and build pressure on Rahane as he is the brand-new captain of India for this series. So the procedures don’t change. Whenever you get best gamers of any cricket team, it deteriorates them which’s the reality,” he said.
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While David Warner runs out the 2nd Test, Langer could not state with finality whether the rushing opener will be offered for the third Test in Sydney.
” I am very hopeful. … as I stated for the last 3 weeks approximately, he will be doing whatever possible to return out onto the ground, so fingers crossed,” he said.
But he does have difficulty running?
” He is starting (to get) a little difficulty performing at full speed, when he gets that back and feels great with it, obviously he will return into our team, so we will simply monitor him routinely and fingers crossed that he will be back,” Langer said.
Tim Paine’s batting has actually been a topic of discussion as the Australians judge every keeper-batsman through the Adam Gilchrist prism however the coach has massive faith in his skipper’s abilities and the leadership qualities he has displayed in the past two years.
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“You think of Adam Gilchrist, I think, who transformed the game in a sense, and that is why Adam Gilchrist is an all-time terrific player since he transformed the game. I have actually got massive faith in Tim Paine,” Langer stated.
“… whether it’s his wicket-keeping, his captaincy, his batting, I have actually stated publicly and independently for almost the in 2015, he is our essential gamer, since he is a lead wicket-keeper, his management on and off the field is incredible,” he said.
“… we saw he can play, how well he batted in first innings under pressure in Adelaide, most likely altered the game really with the run-out of Virat Kohli, so he is a great gamer, excellent leader and I actually love having him in our group,” he said.