‘My ultimate goal as a coach is to beat India in India’ – Justin Langer
Australia last registered Test series win in India back in 2004.
Published - Nov 16, 2019 11:16 am | Updated - Nov 16, 2019 11:16 am
Australia and India share some serious rivalry in cricket. The competitive level touches its peak when these two nations come face to face irrespective of the format. And, it seems like the same is going on in the mind of Justin Langer, who is the head coach of Aussies. The in-charge of the team accepted the fact that he has started building a squad that can defeat India on their soil.
Currently, Team India is seriously dominating in Test cricket. Since the commencement of the ICC World Championship, they have won all their matches. Earlier, this year they also registered a historic series win over Australia on their own soil. But, it looks like Langer has started off with the preparations for the tour that is scheduled to take place in 2022.
Justin Langer opines on Australia tour to India in 2022
Justin Langer said at the time of his appointment, his ultimate goal was to defeat India in India. For him, it is a very important tour, although there are still three years left in it. He also added that it has always been a difficult task for any team to defeat India in their own backyard.
“If I fast forward it, the Indian tour against India, the Test tour in three or four years’ time, to me that’s the ultimate. We will judge ourselves as a great cricket team if we beat India in India. It’s always been the case that it’s been hard to win in India. But that’s the expectation and we’ve got a couple of years now to find that maturity. I’m talking about, to be nice and battle-hardened and as ready as possible for that series,” Australia coach said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
However, under Langer’s mentorship, the team has been going through an inconsistent patch. But, he recited that the team is growing strong in terms of mental strength.
“I think it was an indication of the maturity of our team. I don’t mean maturity in age but coming together as a group, it takes great skill but it takes time, great mental toughness and endurance, to be able to back it up over and over again,” he added.
The last Test series win for Australia in India came in 2004, since then they have lost four back to back series in the subcontinent nation.