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Ind vs Aus: 'Test series turning into arm-wrestle'

Source: ANI   -  Edited By: Laxmi Negi
January 05, 2021 09:04 IST
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IMAGE: Australia head coach Justin Langer talks to players during a nets session. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Australia coach Justin Langer, on Tuesday, said that the ongoing four-match Test series against India is turning out to be an arm-wrestle and he expects nothing less in the remaining two matches.

The four-match series between India and Australia currently stands levelled at 1-1 and the third Test is slated to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from January 7.

"2005 Ashes was great cricket series, the ongoing series is also turning into an arm-wrestle, the first two Tests have been tough cricket, it's 1-1 and that probably shows how close the series has been so far. We are very determined to get out of the blocks on Thursday, it has really felt like that we have been sitting around for a long time, there has been a big gap between the second and third Test."


"We are just looking forward to playing some cricket again and it has been entertaining cricket for everyone to see, let's hope it continues in the next two Test matches," said Langer during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

Steve Smith has not been in great form in the ongoing series as the batsman has just managed to score 10 runs in the first two Tests against India. Ravichandran Ashwin has dismissed Smith twice in the ongoing series and the off-spinner has got the batsman caught at normal slip and then caught at leg-slip.

"I think we have plenty of talent, David (Warner) coming back in after an injury, you always welcome great players after injury, I think there is plenty of batting talent in Australia, it's all about an opportunity, obviously we are addressing the issue, we just scored 200 in one innings this series so far but anytime you are scoring more than 200 in Tests, you are looking at ways to improve. (Ravichandran) Ashwin is bowling really well, (Mohammed) Siraj is a very skillful bowler and (Jasprit) Bumrah is a world-class bowler, we are looking to see who India plays as their third quick," said Langer.

"Steve Smith always gets the volume up in practice, we were hampered a bit in Melbourne in our training but the MCG groundstaff did some great work, Steve is always hitting a lot of balls, even for the greatest of players, there is nothing more that can help than some time in the middle. We know how great problem-solver Steve Smith is, we know David Warner will be the same, so the only way to do that is to concentrate and fight hard," he added.

Langer also complimented the Indian bowling attack for sticking to their guns and bowling with real discipline and not giving an inch to Australia in the ongoing four-match series.

"One of the great strengths for India over the last two series has been their discipline, if you see the first two Tests, they have been reasonably low-scoring games, I loved the last two Tests because there was a contest between bat and ball and that is what Test cricket is all about, there is a factor of wickets, there has been seam movement, India has taken straighter lines to a couple of our batsmen and have set the field accordingly," said Langer.

"Let's not discount, Ravi Ashwin has taken around 380 wickets, he has played a lot of cricket. The great bowlers are the ones who are hard to score against, Ashwin and Bumrah are right up there at the moment, credit to India, very well planned," he added.

There has been a lot of talk regarding the fourth Test at Brisbane, however, Cricket Australia's Interim CEO, Nick Hockley on Monday had clarified that the fourth Test is on schedule to be played in Brisbane.

When asked about a potential hard quarantine in Brisbane, Langer said: "We don't have a choice, no one has a god-given right to represent Australia, we all have a choice, I have been consistent in saying this if anyone can deal with quarantine or bio-bubble, it's cricketers because that's how we live our lives most of the time. That's not much difference, it is a bit tighter than usual, but we will get on with the series, India beat us here last time, we want to make amends for that, we want to take the journey forward. We are looking to win this Test, we will deal with what comes after that later."

Both the Indian and Australian lineups moved to Sydney on January 4. 

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Source: ANI  -  Edited By: Laxmi Negi

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