Our bowlers will perform better this time against India: Justin Langer

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Australia’s head coach Justin Langer believes hosts’ bowling attack will perform better in the upcoming Test series vs India in comparison to what they did during Virat Kohli’s last Down Under tour in 2018/19.

India had retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy by beating Australia 2-1 in the four-match Test series and clinched the ODIs as well by the same margin on their 2018-19 tour Down Under while the 3-T20I series ended in a 1-1 draw.

Australia was without Steve Smith and David Warner while their bowling attack which comprised of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins failed to bowl India out all three times.

“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.

Langer, however, believes Australia’s bowling attack will pose a challenge to the Indians in the Border-Gavaskar series.

“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.

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