‘It’s the toughest tour’ – Justin Langer looks forward to Australia making history in India

Former Australia head coach Justin Langer has assured that he remains excited for the national team’s forthcoming test tour of India. Langer said he genuinely believes Australia can make history this time.

Australia, which will visit India for four Tests in February-March, has not won a series of Tests on Indian soil since 2004. Adam Gilchrist was the last Australian captain to win a Test series in India. Previously, Bill Lawry accomplished the feat in 1969.

Asked if the West Australian regrets the chance of not being part of the tour, Langer said he has moved on but is still excited to see how Australia will conquer India on the subcontinent. The 52-year-old was part of Australia’s run of wins in 2004 and has a similar sentiment about the current side.

Speaking to The Age, he said:

“It’s not sadness, I’ve moved on. I won’t be there but I’m looking forward to seeing the guys win there. It would be great if they could. I can’t wait to watch the hardest tour. I look back to 2004 when Australia won for the first time in 35 years, it has a similar feeling.

“It was a very balanced and confident team. The current team wins and I think they have a great chance to beat India. That was my Mt. Everest tour. I always said I wanted to do it again because it was so hard to do.”

Australia came close to surpassing India in early 2017, winning the first Test by 333 runs. However, they faded in the second half of the series, only to eventually lose it by a 2-1 lead.

“They have an incredibly balanced team” – Justin Langer

Justin Langer. (Image credit: Getty)
Justin Langer. (Image credit: Getty)

Langer also claimed that alongside a dynamic mid-order hitter at Travis Head and a sharp fast bowling attack, Australia had a balanced side with plenty of experience in the top four. The 105 Test veteran added:

“Australia has two senior professionals at the helm. They’re #3 and #4, averaging 60, and they’re best buddies. You’re hungry and you’re playing good spin. Travis Head hits on a different level.

He was inspired by these top 4. Hopefully Cameron Green will come back, which is a really good balance. You have the best fast bowling attack in the world and the best spinner in the world. My god, they have an incredibly balanced team.”

A test team of 18 was assembled for the Qantas Tour of India in February and March. Congratulations to everyone who was selected!

The first India-Australia test begins on February 9th in Nagpur.

Also read: “I am very disappointed” – Adam Zampa on missing out on India tour selection

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