Australia head coach Justin Langer on Tuesday admitted that his facet was actually slack in not finishing their overs on time throughout the second Test in opposition to India on the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). This gradual over-rate fantastic in the end price Australia a spot within the closing of the World Test Championship (WTC). Tim Paine’s facet have been docked 4 factors as a result of a gradual over-rate for being two overs behind within the second Test in opposition to India. If Australia weren’t docked these 4 factors, then they might have stood on the second spot in WTC standings and they’d have clashed in opposition to India within the finals.
“This might be the silliest thing I’ve ever said, but our manager Gavin Dovey, he’d been away, he’d gone home for Christmas to be with his family. It wasn’t until after the game that we realised our over rate was down. Now, that’s really slack on our behalf. It was relevant at the time and it certainly became incredibly significant over the weekend,” Langer informed SEN, as reported by cricket.com.au.
“I remember we were in the team room afterwards and I spoke to skipper Tim Paine and Dene Hills, our analyst, about it. I was a bit grumpy about it and I thought ‘imagine if this cost us the World Test Championship’. And I mentioned to the players afterwards that two overs down could cost us the World Test Championship. And so, we have to get better at that and make sure it doesn’t happen in Sydney and Brisbane,” he added.
Earlier this yr, Cricket Australia postponed the three-Test sequence in opposition to South Africa. As quickly because the sequence was postponed, the destiny of Australia reaching the ultimate of WTC was depending on the sequence end result between India and England.
“How often do you get docked points in Test cricket these days? Rarely. And we had that in our control, that’s an attitudinal thing. At the time, we probably thought it’s not that big a deal – the players get fined – but that cost us the World Test Championship (Final) after what had been two really good years for Australian cricket where we were ranked number one again,” mentioned Langer.
“It’s very disappointing, but the lesson is the things that we can control, we have to control. And we can’t relax for a second in Test cricket,” he added.
India and New Zealand can be locking horns within the closing of the WTC from June 18-22. The match was slated to be performed on the Lord’s Cricket Ground, however on Monday, BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla confirmed to ANI that the ultimate will now be performed on the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
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