Justin Langer, Australia cricket team’s head coach, has said his bowling attack will perform better in next month’s Test series against India in comparison to India’s last 2018-19 tour where they failed to bowl out India in each innings in the 3rd test which was won by India by a massive 137 runs.
India won the first test by 31 runs and the third test too. The 4th one was drawn, but Australia won the 2nd test by 146 runs as India won maiden test series in Australian soil.
Justin Langer: Lost Toss On Flattest Wicket In Tests At Melbourne And Sydney
The Australian bowling attack comprising pacers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins besides spinner Nathan Lyon failed to bowl India out all three times the tourists batted in the last two Tests a couple of years ago.
India had beaten Australia 2-1 in 2018/2019 to register their first Test series win on Australian soil. Although the duo of Steve Smith and David Warner were absent as both were serving their one-year bans for involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during the tour of South Africa in early 2018, the bowlers also took a beating as they struggled to bowl India out.
“If I go back to that time (2018-19), we lost a toss at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) after winning the Perth Test match — lost the toss on possibly the flattest wicket I’ve seen in Test cricket … and they (India) bowled for nearly two days. And then we had to back it up and play at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground)the next Test match on a pretty flat wicket as well,” Justin Langer was quoted as saying by The Age newspaper.
The Aussie bowling attack failed to bowl India out all three times the tourists batted in the last two Tests, allowing them to rack up 443 and 622 in two out of those three innings.
They had also failed to grab the initiative in the first Test in Adelaide, letting India to 250 in the first innings with Cheteshwar Pujara scoring 123 after having reduced them to 86/5 at one stage.
Justin Langer: No Excuse As India Deserved To Beat Australia As India Were On Top In 2018/2019
Justin Langer, however, said that his bowling attack is comparatively better after two years have passed by and they will pose a challenge to the Indians this time around as regular skipper Virat Kohli will be absent taking leave to attend the birth of a child for the last 3 tests. Justin Langer said India deserved to beat Australia in 2018-2019 and added that he could not wait for the series to begin.
“Not making excuses, but it was tough going back then. India were on top of their game, they deserved to beat us for the first time in their history. But our guys are two years better and a lot of the Indians are the same, more experienced. I can’t wait to see them go. Can’t wait,” he said.
Mohammed Siraj is in the Indian squad for the first time with Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar absent due to injury, while KL Rahul is back along with Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma is the newest addition after recovering somewhat from injury.
Australia, on the other hand, have included uncapped batsman Will Pucovski and all-rounder Cameron Green along with exciting prospects Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson and Sean Abbott in Test squad. Shaun Marsh is a notable absentee despite good performances in the domestic circuit.