Test Series Defeat, Was a Wakeup Call

Australian head coach Justin Langer thought about his team’s Test Series Defeat against India on home soil in 2019 and called it “a really tough time” of his life.

Test Series Defeat

India, led by Virat Kohli, secured a historic triumph in Australia – the first long-term win down under – and won the series 2-1 in January 2019.

“It was a huge wake-up call and a really difficult time in my life,” said Langer in the Playmakers’ Playbook podcast. “I have no doubt in 10 years, I will look back on that time and it will be the result of my coaching career.”

Test Series Defeat
Test Series Defeat

Langer, who formed an impressive opening pair in tests with Mathew Hayden, represented Australia in 105 tests and achieved 7,696 runs with an impressive average of 45.27. He compared the harsh summer of home to when he fell over from the ashes of 2001.

“When I left the Australian team at the age of 31 in 2001, I thought it would be the end. That made me a cricketer and a person. It was amazing what lessons you can learn in difficult situations, ”he said.

The Australian trainer added that difficult situations like the current COVID-19 pandemic offer opportunities to learn great lessons.

“In difficult times, like the big crisis we’re going through, like the Australian cricket team’s crisis with sandpaper on the ball – never waste it, because great lessons come from them, and if you grasp them, you will better person. “

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