Justin Langer hails Lord’s as the ‘Best Place on Earth’
Australia will place a practise match at the ground before the ODI series.
Updated - Jun 7, 2018 3:39 pm
The Lord’s Cricket Ground in London is one of the most iconic venues in the history of the sport. The ground has been a witness to some jaw-dropping cricket over the years. The Final of 1975, 1979, 1989 and 1999 World Cup were played at the ‘Home of Cricket’. Quite expectantly, every budding cricketer wishes to play at the stadium which is also known as ‘The Mecca of Cricket’.
Recently, Justin Langer, the newly appointed Australian head coach, also praised the ambience of the Lord’s. The former left-handed batsmen played for Middlesex in the English County Cricket, the home-ground of which is the historic venue.
This is the best place on earth. Literally. Mate, what a place. Lord’s is the best place on earth. What about lunch (here)?” Langer was quoted as saying by the media.
The history and tradition of Lord’s
Australia is currently in England for an ODI and T20I series, which starts on June 13. Prior to that, they will play a couple of warm-up matches, one of which will be played versus Middlesex at the Lord’s. Tim Paine, who will be captaining the national team in the series, talked about next year’s World Cup Final at the same place.
“I haven’t been here for about eight or nine years but one of the first things we (the squad) did was a slow lap together and let it all sink in, the history and tradition. We also talked about the World Cup final here in 12 months’ time as a dream for our guys to work to,” Tim Paine mentioned.
The Australian team hasn’t had an auspicious time in the recent past. Three of their players in Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were handed bans by Cricket Australia (CA). Thereafter, Darren Lehmann stepped down from the head coach’s role. Yesterday, James Sutherland also resigned as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of their cricket.