Justin Langer finelines sledging and banter

Australia will now play against England for 5 ODI matches.

Justin Langer expressing his views on slegding being a part of Australian cricket | Source Getty

Australia's newly appointed head coach, Justin Langer announced that sledging is a good thing in Australia as the team is all set to play against England on June 13 for 5 ODI match series after their heady ball-tampering scandal that took place in March.

Justin Langer, however, told that mocking would not be allowed to descend into abusing other cricketers as the captain Tim Paine promised Australia won't stay quiet during the One Day series against England. However, Langer has finelined the difference between sledging and abusing. 

Steve Smith and David Warner were earlier excluded to play cricket for one after they were involved in the ball-tampering scandal in the third test against South Africa in Cape Town.

The opening batsman, Cameron Bancroft was also given a ban for a period of nine months with Darren Lehmann resigning from the post of the head coach.

After the incident took place in Cape Town, there were high agitations revolving around Australia's cricket that even created bad atmosphere linking Australia and South Africa.

When talking about should banter be compared to sledging, the coach said,  "In Australia sledging's a good thing: if I play Uno (a card game) with my daughter we sledge each other," Langer told a news conference at Lord's on Wednesday.
"If I play golf with my parents, we sledge each other. There's a difference between banter and abuse. There's no room for abuse anywhere,"
the former Australia opener, who played at Lord's for Middlesex, added.

"Even if we were so nice people would think we're a bunch of hard-edged Australians.
"We'll still be called sledging Australians, it's been happening for the last 30 years. So we'll cope with that."

The other day Tim Paine with Justin Langer expressed, "The thing we've spoken about is the difference between abuse and banter.

"We won't be silent. We're going to be speaking, trying to put pressure on teams as we usually do. But we have to be respectful. "I'm sure you're going to hear us talking through the stump mic. "But it's up to me, Justin and the senior players to stay on the side of banter and never go to abuse. "There's no doubt our reputation took a bit of a battering (in South Africa. "Coming to England now with new faces, a new coach, just getting back into cricket is an opportunity for us to move on and show we've made a few changes."

Australia has gone to England without injured Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins,  Josh Hazlewood and their main batsmen- Steve Smith and David Warner. Surely it will be going to be a tough job for the visitors to beat England in England as they will play a warm-up match against Sussex to start with their tour.

Ricky Ponting as well is going to join the head coach Justin Langer for the series against England to help his players win matches against their rivalry with his experience of the game.

The newly appointed coach said, "We have our values and our expectations, that's really important. But I've said this for 25 years, we can have the fanciest mission statements, but if you don't live them, they're like toilet paper mate. They are written down, but unless you live them they're meaningless. We've just got to create the environment where it's a great changing room".

"All culture is behaviour. Make it good on and off the field. If we've got good behaviours, then we've got a good environment."

Australia, the World Cup champions will start their next World Cup preparation that is all set to take place in England next year.


By Kunal Kataria - 07 Jun, 2018

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