Australian cricket nearing rock bottom: Langer

Johannesburg: Australian assistant coach Justin Langer acknowledges that the country’s Test cricket is nearing rock bottom after the team was bowled out for 47 in the Cape Town Test against South Africa.

“When I made my debut in 1993 I came into a team of very senior players. Allan Border was the captain, Mark Taylor, the Waugh brothers - a very senior team. From ‘89 to now we haven’t been in a situation like this,” a leading daily quoted Langer, as saying.

“Sport is cyclical, there’s no doubt about that. Fortunately our cycle went a lot longer than usual. I don’t know if we’ve reached the bottom of it yet, but I haven’t seen it (this low) in my career,” he added.

He is, however, confident that the team can turn their fortunes around, but admitted there were a number of issues that needed to be addressed.

“We have to get better at adjusting to circumstances,” Langer said.

The second and final Test will begin in Johannesburg on Thursday.


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