Home > News >

Justin Langer: Fitness of Australian bowlers will be crucial for Australia to become No 1 in Tests

Justin Langer said that the confidence Australia gained from their series win over England would hold them in good stead for more success in the future © Getty Images
Justin Langer said that the confidence Australia gained from their series win over England would hold them in good stead for more success in the future © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 7, 2014

Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer, who is the coach of domestic side Western Australia (WA), has said that it is crucial for the Ashes winners’ bowling attack to stay healthy if they want to regain their No.1 Test mantle.

Australia rose to third in the Test rankings following their 5-0 whitewash of England in Ashes, with rejuvenated left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson winning the man-of-the-series award for his 37 wickets, while Ryan Harris (22 wickets), Peter Siddle (16) and spinner Nathan Lyon (19) were also crucial in the demolition.

According to News.com.au, with doubts over the fitness of Harris, who is nursing a degenerative knee injury, Australia’s quest for No.1 will be given a stern challenge when they travel to South Africa next month and Langer said that it is necessary to keep the bowlers ”on the park” for a chance of beating the world’s top Test team.

Stating that a team does not become No 1 by just winning one great series, Langer also said that it is necessary to keep Harris, Siddle and Johnson ”fit” and combine them with Lyon’s progress if Australia wants to be the No.1 Test team in the world again. However, Langer, who retired after Australia’s 5-0 series win over England back in 2006-07, added that the confidence Australia gained from their series win over England would hold them in good stead for more success in the future. Langer averaged 45.27 during his 105-Test career, the report added.

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test: Australia's practice session

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Rohit Sharma gave a fantastic account of himself: Sanjay Bangar

Yuvraj Singh flays media for twisting statements on future in international cricket

India A beat Sri Lanka by 88 runs in tour match; Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Karn Sharma shine

Kevin Pietersen saga: Stuart Broad, James Anderson saddened by bullying claims

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane — who should open for India?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

West Indies crisis: Trinidad and Tobago condemns West Indies’ pullout from India tour

MS Dhoni told me there’s nothing called ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’: Pankaj Singh

All-India PSU T20 Tournament: Oriental Insurance defeat HPCL

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in favour of Najam Sethi as ICC President

Justice Mudgal Committee report on IPL spot-fixing to be submitted on November 3

Younis Khan’s ban: why the ICC is justified

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Highest identical scores in both innings of a Test

Younis Khan — perhaps Pakistan’s greatest batsman ever

India A vs Sri Lankans tour match: Players look to make the most of opportunities

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here