Australia’s head coach Justin Langer opined that with all-rounders Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell performing equally well, it has given a headache to them to pick playing XI. His comment came ahead of the inauguration of the India tour of Australia on November 27 with the three-match ODI series.
Steve Smith didn’t feature in the last ODI series against England due to a concussion. Langer confirmed that Smith will straightaway find a place in the XI in place of the injured Mitchell Marsh in the first ODI against Virat Kohli’s men at SCG on Friday.
“We’ll probably lean that way (picking Smith for Marsh) but we did learn and we’ve talked about in our foundation for one-day cricket going forward, we really like that extra bowling option,” Justin Langer said as quoted by Cricket.com.au.
Selection give headache: Justin Langer
The head coach, however, added that the allrounder Marsh, Stoinis and Maxwell gives them an extra bowling option which is a plus factor in ODI and thus, it also gives them some selection headaches
“In England, we had Mitch Marsh, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell able to get us at least 10 overs. So we like that combination, the extra allrounder. Obviously, Steve will come straight back in.
“There’s a lot of talk about selection, they give you a few headaches, but I promise they’re really good headaches to have,” Langer added.
Justin Langer iterated that presence of more deserving player in the squad give them hard time to pick a playing XI. But he is confident that Australia will come out good irrespective of what combination they enter.
“Picking the final XI is what keeps you awake at night because it’s hard to pick 13 or 14 deserved players into 11 spots.
“Whatever team we put on the park we think is going to be a good team,” Justin Langer said.
The first and second ODI will be played at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) while Canberra will host the third ODI. Following the ODI series, the T20I series will begin on December 4. The tour will conclude with the four-match Test series.