After Australia’s humiliating 242-run defeat at the hands of England in Nottingham on Tuesday (June 19), chief coach Justin Langer has said they will have to endure some agonizing time to get better as a team.
England’s top three comprised of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales scored big knocks to post a record-shattering total of 481 in 50 overs against Australia. While Bairstow (139 runs off 92 balls) and Hales (147 off 92 balls) notched up their sixth ODI centuries, Roy played a blistering knock of 82 runs in just 61 balls.
"We've all got to take more responsibility. The great players take responsibility, they get the job done. It's a pretty sad dressing room in there the last three games because the Australian cricket team, people expect us to win all the time," Langer said after the match, as per the quotes in cricket.com.au.
"We've certainly got challenges. I mean, they are young and we recognise that. It's better if your young guys come in and you win because it's nice to be in a winning changeroom when you start playing from a young age.
"What I do know is that you can work hard to gain at confidence. It's a bit like working hard to gain respect. We're not going to be a more confident or more experienced team like that (snapping fingers). To do that we are going to have to go through some pretty tough days and tough series like this to get better I reckon," he added.
In reply, Australia crumbled in front of Adil Rashid’s leg-spin and were bundled out for 239 in 37 overs. Rashid scalped 4 for 47 in his 10 overs as England clinched the five-match ODI series with two games to spare.
"For us to get bowled out in the 37th over on literally the best batting track in the world, there was some hugely missed opportunities there for some of our batters. Can't have had a worse day. When you are chasing nine runs an over it's not like you can take your time, get yourself in and smack it at the end, you've got to go the whole time,” Langer remarked.
"But we're not making excuses for today, for us not to bat through the innings is a huge missed opportunity. That is England at their best. It's not a fluke that they are No.1 in the world. I've never seen anything like that. I was in Johannesburg when Australia got 434 and South Africa then got it, but that was just brutal. Hopefully our young guys can learn from it. It doesn't get tougher than that," he concluded.
The fourth ODI between England and Australia will be played at the Chester-le-Street on Thursday (June 21) while Manchester will host the fifth and final ODI on Sunday (June 24).