There Is Still Going To Be Spots Up For Grabs – Justin Langer
On Thursday (7 February), Australia announced their T20I and ODI squads for their upcoming Indian tour. Later, the Australian head coach Justin Langer claimed that the players could still have time to grab their spots for the forthcoming World Cup.
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is just less than four months away to begin. Before the World Cup, Australia has now two ODI series and both in Asia. At first, Australia will play the five-match ODI series against the hosts India, and later, Australia will travel UAE to feature in the five-match ODI series against Pakistan.
While Mitchell Starc has missed the India tour due to an injury, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Marsh and Billy Stanlake have been dropped from the squad. Also, Chris Lynn and Matthew Wade are still waiting to return to the national team. However, they have to wait once again as they are also not in the recent squad of India tour.
The World Cup is going to come up sooner
Now, Justin Langer has claimed that there is still an open chance in some places to secure the spots for the upcoming World Cup. However, he further reminded that Steven Smith and David Warner would also join the squad after sometime. Both Steven Smith and David Warner will be available for the national team selection after their suspension period will be over in late March of this year.
Justin Langer said on this, “Whether you are on this tour or not, there is still going to be spots up for grabs. But the World Cup is going to come up sooner than you know and guys like Steve Smith and Dave Warner are obviously going to bang very hard on the door.
“So there is going to be some competition there, but that’s good as there is going to be some guys that need to stay on their toes the entire time and keep playing great cricket every time we play.”
Mitchell Strac’s injury is a disappointment
The Australian head coach also spoke about the left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc’s injury. The 29-year-old recently picked up a pectoral injury during the fourth day of the Canberra Test against Sri Lanka. Feeling disappointed with this injury, Justin Langer is hopeful to get him during the middle of Pakistan series.
Justin Langer said, “It’s almost two steps forward and one step back. It (the injury) was the most bizarre thing as he didn’t even feel it when he was playing. He just woke up the next day when he was in bed and his left pec had all blown up.
“It’s really disappointing for him as he bowled so well in that last Test match. (It’s) disappointing for us as we would have loved to have him there, but hopefully he will be right for that second leg against Pakistan.”
There are only 15 spots for the World Cup
Justin Langer further feels that there are a good number of Australian players who deserve to play the upcoming World Cup.
He further added, “If you pick the best team for each game, the future usually looks after itself. That’s been my experience or understanding of Australian cricket for a long time and if we can continue to do that and are getting the results, then you will get the confidence and momentum and be forming a strong team.
“We know there are a lot of good players and there are only 15 spots for the World Cup squad.”
The five-time World Cup-winning team Australia will begin the upcoming World Cup tournament as the defending champions. Under Michael Clarke‘s captaincy, Australia won the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
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