India disciplined, but won’t benefit them in SCG: Langer

Sydney, 5 January (IANS) Australian head coach Justin Langer said on Tuesday that India’s bowling has been his greatest strength for the past few years and during this time he has won three of six Test matches in Australia.

“His strongest side in the last few series has been discipline (bowling),” Langer told a virtual press conference. They (Indians) have been highly disciplined.

He said Langer said that the Australian team has analyzed the strategies, especially against off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has taken 10 wickets in the first two Tests and dismissed his main batsman Steve Smith twice.

Australia have failed to get past 200 runs in three innings of the first two Tests.

Langer said, anytime you don’t see more than 200, you see ways to improve. I think we have to focus on our strategy against Indian spinners. Ashwin is bowling well. We have worked very hard in the last one week. Obviously (Jasprit) Bumrah is a world class bowler. (Mohammad) Siraj is a very skilled bowler. I think he bowled very well in his first Test and debut.

He said, the wickets we played till now had a seam movement and a little swing was also getting. India bowled on the straight line for some of our batsmen and fielding accordingly. We know what kind of cricket we like to play but the credit goes to India. He played well, bowled disciplined and the wickets we played were competitive.

The head coach also said that his team has many players from New South Wales (where Sydney is) and he enjoys playing in the SCG. He also said that it would be a good cricket wicket that can help both batsmen and bowlers.

“Most of the players in the current Australian cricket team are from New South Wales,” Langer said. He loves playing in ACG. I think, the day you could argue that it was beneficial for India when it spin big. But we are expecting good cricket wickets here and you know that we have the advantage of having Nathan Lyon, who is a great spin bowler.



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