‘India deserved to beat us’: coach Justin Langer opens up about Australia’s defeat in 2018-19 Test series – cricket
Justin Langer, coach of the Australian cricket team, has admitted that his team has not lived up to the challenge posed by India during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy and that Virat Kohli’s team deserved to emerge victorious.
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Kohli’s India created history by beating Australia on their soil to record their first Test Series victory in Australia in 71 years. Australia did not have two of their best hitters, Steve Smith and David Warner, but India edged out an otherwise strong Australian team to capture the series 2-1.
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Langer revealed what went wrong and how the series cost Australia. “If I go back to that time (2018-19), we missed a pitch at MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) after winning the Perth test match, we lost the pitch at possibly the flattest wicket I’ve seen in test cricket … and they (India) bowled for almost two days, ”Langer told The Age newspaper.
“And then we had to back up and play at SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) the next test match also on pretty flat ground.”
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India won the first round in Adelaide by 31 races before Australia again tied the series with a 146 race victory in Perth. India regained the lead with a 137-race victory at Melbourne, where Mayank Agarwal made his debut in India. The final test in Sydney ended in a draw, allowing India to clinch the four-round series 2-1.
That said, Australia has a chance to win back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and in the absence of Kohli, who will miss three of the four events, Langer sees an opportunity.
“No excuses, but it was hard to go back then. India was at the top of their game, they deserved to beat us for the first time in their history. But our boys are two years better and many of the Indians are the same, more experienced. I can’t wait for them to leave. I can’t wait, ”Langer added.