Justin Langer can turn Australia’s cricket fortunes around, feels Gautam Gambhir

Justin Langer can turn Australia’s cricket fortunes around, feels Gautam Gambhir

"He will turn the fortunes of Australian cricket."

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Justin Langer took over as the coach of Australia in May this year amid the crisis that unfolded in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which saw a few big names getting banned and Darren Lehmann stepping down as the coach. The Kangaroos, however, have had 2018 as one of their worst years and are yet to win a single series under Langer in any form. They also lost the first match of the four-Test series against India in Adelaide earlier this week and are in danger of conceding a home Test series to India for the first time ever.

Recently, Langer’s name came up during an interview of Gautam Gambhir, the Indian cricketer who called it quits recently and he felt that the 48-year-old Australian coach will do wonders to Australian cricket, particularly at a time when they are facing one of their leanest phases both on and off the ground.

The Baggy Greens have badly missed the services of seasoned caps like Steve Smith and David Warner who were banned in the wake of the South Africa scandal and their batting has looked fragile against almost every opponent, both at home and abroad.

‘Appointing Langer as coach is the best thing the Australian board has done’

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Gambhir spoke about the trust he has on Langer, who was also a left-hand opening batsman like the former during his playing days. “He will turn the fortunes of Australian cricket. I think the best thing the Australian board has done is that they have appointed him. They have appointed him as the Australian coach because there couldn’t have been anyone better than Justin Langer to take Australian cricket forward, especially after what they have gone through, after the South Africa episode,” the former India opener said.

Gambhir also added that Langer can take Australia forward for he knows how much the man is committed towards his profession. It may be mentioned here that Gambhir had gone to Langer in Australia in 2015 and trained under him in a bid to revive his international career. He said Langer would require some time but he will deliver.

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