Justin Langer
Justin Langer (AFP Photo)

Coach Justin Langer is tired of the negativity surrounding Australian cricket team since the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year. Since that fateful incident, the Australian team’s image, both on and off the field, has taken a massive beating.

The off-field developments have had an impact on their results too but recent results have been a positive signs. On Wednesday night in Brisbane, they broke their run of four straight T20 defeats by beating favourites India by a close margin in a rain-affected affair.

Thus, they have taken a confidence-boosting 1-0 lead in the three-match series and are gearing up for the second T20I to be played in Melbourne on Friday.

“What did it (the win) do the team? I loved seeing the way we were brave. We talked about it. Aussies are great at getting to a point where (we say): ‘We have had enough of this. It doesn’t matter what part of our summer – we have had enough of it’,” Langer told WAtoday. “We have had enough of getting beaten, we have had enough of getting bashed up and I just loved how brave the boys were. The way they fielded, the way they batted, they were brave, they had a red-hot dip. That’s what Australians are good at, aren’t we? We get to a point – we say: ‘You know what, we have had enough of this. When are we going to turn it around?'”

Australian batting was led by Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn and Marcus Stoinis as they fired them to 158/4 in 17 overs. In a seesaw affair, India were left to chase a revised target of 174 and thanks to some inspired bowling from legspinner Adam Zampa (2/22) and Stoinis, who defended 13 runs in the final over, the hosts secured a four-run win. Langer though doesn’t want his team to take India lightly and is expecting a tough battle throughout the tour.

“Hopefully, they were some really good signs. The way they ran around, dived around, there were some challenging overs with the bowling but let’s not underestimate we are bowling to some great players as well. It’s going to be an arm-wrestle all summer. India are a very good team but there are some really good signs.

Langer, who took over the as head coach after Darren Lehmann stepped down in wake of the scandal, is also unhappy with the way Australian team’s on-field attitude has been talked about. Recently, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said they have become ‘tame’.

“If you saw Marcus Stoinis’ reaction in Adelaide (2nd ODI against South Africa which Australia won), I wouldn’t say that was tame – that was passion. It was really passionate. It means a lot to the boys. They are hurting at the moment, their confidence is down. I am not sure what people want from us,” he said. “We can’t confuse the messages – one hand, the Australian team have been too aggressive, probably stepped over the line, now we are getting called tame,” he said.