In a lengthy tri-series such as the one in the Caribbean right now, it becomes crucial to rotate a few players and try out all the individuals. Australia, ahead of their game against South Africa, have dropped enough hints of that happening. In their second game of the series against the Proteas, the Kangaroos rested pacer Mitchell Starc and got in Josh Hazlewood, who had a fantastic game.
For their next game slated against the same opposition, Australia could potentially bring in talented middle order batsman Travis Head at the expense of the underperforming Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell has been terribly out of form and his returns have been nothing to boast about.
In the pre-match press conference, coach Justin Langer said that the Australians could make changes to their playing XI. “You’ve got to give them every opportunity but you also got to pick the best XI,” Langer said . “Performance is one thing you look at, different conditions … we have to be fair and consistent.”Selection is the hardest part of coaching.” “You lose sleep at night about it because there’s five guys in the 16-man squad who have to miss out, there’s so much depth,” Langer added.
The former Australian test opener evidently stated that the batsmen would have to step up and adapt to the conditions. “It’s been the theme,” Langer said. “They’re all very good players but they have to learn how to adapt. “We all do. Davey Warner showed it in the first game, Aaron Finch and Nathan Lyon in the second. “The great players adapt to different environments, different conditions, different opposition and different formats.”