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Justin Langer lauds Glenn Maxwell, but wants him to be consistent; backs skipper Aaron Finch to come good soon

Langer also called Finch the nicest person one will meet and that the team is giving him full space and time to get back to form.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Australia completed their first ever T20I series win over India as they won the second T20I in Bengaluru by 7 wickets thanks to a brilliant 113* from Glenn Maxwell. Australia had won the first T20I at Vizag by a whisker. Australian coach Justin Langer was all praises for Glenn Maxwell, who had scored 56 in the first T20I as well. Maxwell, who bats at no.7 in ODIs following a lean patch, has called for a promotion in the batting order in the upcoming five-match ODI series against India. On this issue, Langer has decided to play the waiting game.

Talking about a move up for Maxwell, Langer said that the management wants to wait and see and will do what’s best for the team. Langer also said that Maxwell will be the first person to say that he needs to be consistent enough to warrant a promotion in the batting order. According to Langer, the team has been asking Maxwell to churn out runs consistently and when he does, he shows what a world class player he is.

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Langer further said, “He wants that, we want that and the more he becomes a world-class performer, the more games we win and the more he gets recognized as a great player.”

Backs Aaron Finch to come good

Aaron Finch might have become the first Australian skipper to win a T20I series against India and broke India’s 12 limited overs series winning streak at home; but on a personal note, it was yet another miserable outing for the opener.

In the two matches, Finch managed just a duck and eight runs to add to his already lean patch. The Australian skipper is yet to score a fifty in his previous 19 limited overs outings. However, coach Justin Langer has preferred to support the opening batsman and has said to cricket.com.au, that, “He’s such a good player, such a good person, captain of the team, we know he’ll come good.”

Langer said that the team is extending all the support Finch requires and are backing him to get back to his destructive ways. Langer said that Finch is as destructive as Maxwell and Stoinis in the world when it comes to taking the opposition apart at the top. Langer said that he is just an innings away from finding back his mojo and that the team backs him to the hilt.

Has been an exceptional captain

Langer emphasized on the fact of how Finch has carried himself as a captain despite his struggles with the bat. He said that Finch has not changed his way of interacting with the team or has let his enthusiasm drop despite his dip in batting form.

“My experience of every captain, the most important thing is they’re playing really good cricket. He’s got to keep his attention on that. He’s got lots of support around him. Like I say, he’s such a good person, he’s got to be Aaron Finch, be himself. He’s doing that.” Langer said.

Langer also called Finch the nicest person one will meet and that the team is giving him full space and time to get back to form.

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