AUS v IND 2018-19: "There's more time than you think", Langer advises his batsmen to follow Allan Border's ways

Australia struggled with the bat throughout the course of the Adelaide Test.

Yeah, it was a disappointing performance with the bat from Australia's key batsmen | Getty

Head coach Justin Langer called for enhanced efficiency in decision making with the bat asking Australia's batsmen to follow the prudent advice of legendary Allan Border and take their own time in building the innings, ahead of the second Test against India at Perth starting Friday, December 14.

In wake of hosts' batting struggles at the Adelaide Oval last week, Langer urged the likes of Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh to stand up as the team looks to level the four-match series in Perth.

"Allan Border used to say there's more time in Test cricket than you'll ever imagine ... you can bat so much time. That's one of the messages to our young batsmen," Langer told cricket.com.au, "One of the things we talk about is partnerships and patience, building pressure on the opposition ... it's one of the important virtues of being a successful Test cricketer."

Australia last went through a streak like this one in 1984, when struggling to pile up runs on the board they went through 19 innings with only one score of 300 and beyond and lost quite a lot.

Last time this current side from down under made 300 before the second innings marathon in Dubai, was in Durban against South Africa in March. Unsurprisingly, they have lost five, drawn one and won none of their games at the highest level, since.

Even the great Sachin Tendulkar criticised Australia's approach with the bat recently but Langer believes a lot of it was down to tough conditions.

He said, "The wicket was really tough to score on. If you look at India, Virat Kohli got 30 in 120 balls or something – that's telling you something. He's the best player in the world."

"There was no plan to bat slowly, it's just how the game went. Sometimes that'll happen. Sometimes you'll get 350 in a day, sometimes you'll get 200 in a day. India bowled well, we bowled equally as well in the first innings and it was hard to bat on with the slow outfield," Langer signed off.


By Kashish Chadha - 13 Dec, 2018

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