Justin Langer says Australia will be Flexible in Selection Based on Conditions, Opposition, Match-ups
By Tanushka Gain
on Sun Oct 24 2021
Coach and selector Justin Langer admitted that Saturday’s decision to drop Ashton Agar and Kane Richardson from South Africa was “very difficult”. Australia are set to look flexible and adaptable with their selection in the T20 World Cup. .
Australia bounced back from their earlier encounter after a stellar bowling performance and some important cameos with the bat from Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade.
He made the bold decision to oust both Agar and Richardson, who were automatically selected in a five-off attack over the past two years. Agar is currently the highest-ranked Australian at number 6 in the ICC T20I bowling rankings.
But Australia chose four specialist bowlers, with Glenn Maxwell being the fifth bowler. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins played together for the first time in T20Is despite the slow nature of the Abu Dhabi surface. In which the plan was working to perfection.
“It was a very difficult selection,” Justin Langer said. “But because we went for a 7-4 set-up instead of 6-5. And we thought we had a very good plan against South Africa. We knew we wanted to try and make an impact in the powerplay overs “The first six overs, we have seen through the IPL. And we also knew South Africa’s strength beforehand, and thankfully it worked yesterday.
“I can’t stress enough how tough it was on Ashton Agar. His numbers are really excellent. Tough on Ash and really tough on Kane Richardson, who is probably, arguably our best death bowler or the very best in these conditions bowler, so it’s good for those selection headaches.”
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Justin Langer said the players are well aware that the selection of the team will be determined by the circumstances as they did in the 50-over World Cup in England in 2019.
“We’ve told the players from day one and we did it in the last World Cup, we did it to an extent in the last Ashes in England. That we’ll just look at the conditions, we’ll look at the opposition, we’ll look at the match-up, and We’ll make the call that we think is right for the team. Justin Langer said. “It doesn’t always work out that way, but we’ll work through whatever information we’ve got.”
An area where Australia is unlikely to see any change. That is their opening partnership despite both Aaron Finch and David Warner struggling for form and runs. Both missed against South Africa but Langer was confident that his two most experienced openers would do well at the earliest.
Justin Langer says some good signs from Davey yesterday. Caught him a little. But those are good signs for me.
“He’s in as good physical shape as I’ve ever seen him. So it’s a very positive sign. [I] really believe he’ll come out well.”
“And Finch, I thought one, Finch’s captaincy yesterday was fantastic. And that’s another, he had knee surgery. It might take him a while to move on. He’s been working hard in the nets in his preparation. I don’t think it’s such a mental thing for Finchy. I think it’s just getting back into some rhythm, getting used to getting my leg up to feel good again.
“They have been and are a world-class opening partnership and I sincerely believe that when they both move forward it is going to set us up for real success in this tournament.”
Justin Langer admitted that he nearly bit his nails too quickly in Saturday’s last-over thriller. But he expects more low-scoring games as the tournament progresses.
“We have to be prepared for this, I think there’s going to be some very close games,” Langer said. “That’s usually what happens on these kind of wickets.
“We go to Dubai today; our next match is in Dubai. West Indies were bowled out for 55, I think yesterday in those conditions. We’ll work it out and hopefully we’ll get it right as many times as possible “
Australia will face Sri Lanka in Dubai on Thursday.