[caption id="attachment_796392" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-796392" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Justin-Langer-Mitchell-Starc_Getty.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="471" /> While Mitchell Starc has struggled to get a truckload of wickets, Australian coach Justin Langer dismisses concerns over pacer s form. @Getty[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>While <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mitchell-starc/">Mitchell Starc</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/usman-khawaja/">Usman Khawaja</a> are not really enjoying a lot of success on the field, Australian coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/justin-langer/">Justin Langer</a> on Monday dismissed concerns on the two s form even as the criticism continues to mount. <p></p> <p></p>Although Starc remains Australia s opening bowler, he has not been in a good form recently including during the Test series against India and then in the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Gabba. The wickets have not come in plenty. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/australia-vs-sri-lanka-picking-kurtis-patterson-was-a-common-sense-decision-justin-langer-796022">Picking Kurtis Patterson 'was a common-sense decision' Justin Langer</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Khawaja too has struggled and did not score heavily in the four-match Test series India and could score only 11 as Australia sealed an innings and 40-run win against Sri Lanka last week. Langer, however, came out in their support as Australia gear up for the second Test against Sri Lanka. <p></p> <p></p> There s a lot of talk about Mitchell Starc but in a game like this when you ve got a guy like Jhye Richardson, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/pat-cummins/news/">Pat Cummins</a> bowling fast outswingers, good bouncer, to have that left-arm option (is vital), Langer was quoted as saying by <em>Fox Sports</em>. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/australia-vs-sri-lanka-2018-19-pat-cummins-is-australias-highest-ranked-bowler-in-five-years-796350">Pat Cummins is Australia's highest-ranked bowler in five years</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p> He just got his 200th Test wicket remember, so 200 Test wickets, that s rare company, said Langer before adding, I suppose there s high expectation on him but he s a very good player and is really important for our team. <p></p> <p></p>In the similar vein, Langer defended Khawaja, who has failed to score big following his UAE rearguard of 141 against Pakistan. <p></p> <p></p> Same with Usman. Still averages 40 in Test cricket, Langer said. <p></p> <p></p> He s our most experienced player. He s very calm. He brings a lot of calmness and composure and experience to the group, so we re happy with the way he s going at the moment. <p></p> <p></p>The Australian coach also indicated that there will be a delay to announce the Australian squad for the upcoming Ashes in England. Langer said that it will be done to give Test aspirants a chance to prove their credentials during the Australia A tour which takes place before the Ashes. <p></p> <p></p>"We probably won't pick the final Ashes squad until quite late," Langer was quoted as saying by <em>stuff.co.nz</em>. "I hope I'm not talking out of school with the other selectors, but I can't see us picking the Ashes [squad] before the Australia A tour, added Langer. <p></p> <p></p>"There will be some really good opportunities for the guys who are picked for Australia A while the World Cup is on to put their hand up, concluded Langer.