The Australian team under Justin Langer has respected the opposition since this combination has started working. Justin Langer, who was a tough cricketer himself has repeatedly spoken about playing the game in a hard but in a fair way.
For the upcoming series against India, Langer has said a strict no to abuse but has said there is plenty of room for friendly banter. India vs Australia in recent times has seen a lot of competitive cricket in recent times. The players too share a light banter on the cricket field.
Room For Banter, Not Abuse: Justin Langer
Justin Langer spoke to a small media section prior to Friday’s campaign opener and said that this team likes to create an environment of good behaviour. He further said that there is no room for abuse but plenty of room for friendly banter.
“In terms of the current side anyone who has watched the last couple of years we talk about our behaviours on and off the field and we talked about there’s no room for abuse, there’s plenty of room for banter and having that competitive instinct. There’s no room for abuse. I’ve always thought that as a player and coach” said Australian coach Justin Langer.
He further spoke on the two captains Tim Paine and Virat Kohli. Langer said that he loves Paine’s sense of humour and Virat Kohli’s on-field theatrics. Langer further said that the banter has nothing to do with the match proceedings but the person you are up against.
“The captain Tim Paine has a great sense of humour, we love what VK [Virat Kohli] was doing, there’s a great sense of theatre to it. At the end of the day, I can promise you the pressure on the cricket field has nothing to do with the words spoken it’s the person you’re up against,” Langer added.
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Justin Langer concluded by hailing the strength of the Indian bowling attack selected for this tour. He said that the Indian bowlers both pacers and spinners are equally good and pose a challenge to their opposition.
“Great respect. great respect for their spinners, Bumrah, Shami, their other bowlers. Our guys know they will have to be on their toes all the time, in all forms of the game against this bowling attack. And they’re working hard, they’ve seen them a bit now and they’ll be ready for it” concluded Langer.