New era for Australia starts now: Langer

Justin Langer (c) said it’s was important for the Australians to get off to a strong start against Sri Lanka Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Aug 30, 2011

Australian batting coach Justin Langer believes that the three-match series against Sri Lanka will be the starting point for Australia’s rise to the top in Test cricket and it won’t be an easy task.

Langer said it’s was important for the Michael Clarke-led team to get off to a strong start from the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Australia are ranked fifth in the Test ranking while Sri Lanka are one spot ahead of them.

“While timelines don’t seem to be set in concrete, change is in the air,” the former Test opener wrote in his blog.

“For some, this will be exciting – for others, disappointing and downright upsetting.

“Whatever happens, it is great to see a passionate response to the drop in expected standards in Australian cricket.

“There will be no magic wand or fairy godmother or father, but there will be a concerted and focused energy to put Australian cricket back at the top of the pile.

“The first step to this rebuilding process and attitude starts on Wednesday when the first Test begins in Galle.

“With three back-to-back Test matches, this won’t be a stage for the faint-hearted, but then, if we are serious about changing things, then the faint of heart probably aren’t what we are searching for anyway.”