Australia head coach Justin Langer has said there is no room for abuse but plenty of banter in the upcoming series against India, starting with a 3-match ODI series from November 27.
Justin Langer said Australia have made it a point over the last 2 years that they will play the sport hard but fair and have been focussed on behaviour on and off the field. Notably, Langer had vowed to change Australia’s ‘win-at-all-costs’ culture after he took over as the head coach of the Australian cricket team following the ball-tampering saga in 2018.
Langer said opposition teams feel nervous when facing Australia in Australia not so much because of the chatter but the qualify of opposition on display, Down Under.
“People say you get nervous coming to Australia, I’m not sure it’s about the chatter. It’s because they’re coming up against very, very great players. If you’re facing Warney, Glenn McGrath or bowling against Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist or Ricky Ponting I think that makes you more nervous than a few words that might be spoken,” Langer said.
“In terms of the current side anyone who has watched the last couple of years we talk about our behaviours on and off the field and we talked about there’s no room for abuse, there’s plenty of room for banter and having that competitive instinct. There’s no room for abuse. I’ve always thought that as a player and coach.”
Tim Paine has great sense of humour: Langer
The Australia head coach also pointed out that the banter between Tim Paine and Virat Kohli during India’s last trip to Australia had a lot of theatre and he expects a similar outing this time around. As Langer pointed out, India and Australia were involved in plenty of banter with Paine, Kohli and Rishabh Pant leading the show during a hard-fought 4-Test series which India managed to win 2-1.
Captain Kohli was at his animated best, more often than not, as India dominated the series with both the bat and the ball. It will be interesting to see India’s approach in the upcoming series as their skipper will be heading home on paternity leave after just one Test match.
“The captain Tim Paine has a great sense of humour, we love what VK [Virat Kohli] was doing, there’s a great sense of theatre to it.
“At the end of the day, I can promise you the pressure on the cricket field has nothing to do with the words spoken and it’s the person you’re up against. We’re lucky in this series there’ll be a lot of great cricketers and that’s enough intensity let alone any words spoken.”
India will play 3 ODIs and as many T20Is through November and early December before the two sides meet in the much-anticipated Test series.