Reflecting back at the fantastic all-round performance and 4-run victory in the final T20I at Brisbane, head coach Justin Langer has expressed relief, saying that Australia were tired of being "bashed up" across all formats in recent times and really wanted to start off the three-match series well.
On the back of Glenn Maxwell(46 off 24) and Marcus Stoinis(33 off 19) the hosts reached a score of 158/4 from 17 overs in the rain-curtailed encounter, before Adam Zampa bowled a match winning spell of 2/22 and earned man of the match award on the night.
Speaking ahead of the all important second T20I at Melbourne on Friday, November 23, Langer was quoted saying on Sydney Morning Herald as, “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’.”
“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?’," he stressed, "It was a rare win for Australia since the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa, and just their second from five matches this home summer."
Wanting to now see consistency rather than continued apathy, Langer, aware of the threat that the Virat Kohli led Indian side posess, further said, “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,” he signed off.