Justin Langer says, India tour is the hardest but Australia has an incredibly well-balanced Test team

Former Australian head coach Justin Langer is looking forward to the national team's upcoming Test tour of India while adding that he believes the Pat Cummins-led side has a genuine chance to script history this time.

  • Rohit Singh | January 15, 2023 | 12:24 am

Former Australian head coach Justin Langer believes that India is the hardest country to play Test cricket, but Australia have a well-balanced side and they can beat the Rohit Sharma-led side to script history this time. Australia, which will play four Tests in India in February and March, have not won a Test series on Indian soil since 2004. The last Australian captain to win a Test series in India was Adam Gilchrist. Prior to that, Bill Lawry accomplished the feat in 1969.

Image Source: Zee News

When asked if he regretted not being a part of the touring party, Langer said he has moved on but is still eager to see Australia conquer India on the subcontinent. The 52-year-old was a member of Australia’s series victory in 2004 and feels the same way about the current squad. “It’s not sadness, I’ve moved on. I won’t be there, but I’ll be looking forward to seeing the boys win there. It’d be great if they could. I can’t wait to watch it. It’s the hardest tour.

Also Read: Rahul Dravid flies to Bengaluru due to health issues

Tough competition for India Team, as Australian seems balanced-Langer

I look back to 2004 when Australia won for the first time in 35 years, it has a similar feel about it,” Langer said while speaking to The Age. Langer also stated that Australia have a well-balanced team with plenty of experience in the top four, as well as a dynamic middle-order batter in Travis Head and a potent fast-bowling attack. “It was a very balanced and confident team. The current team are winning and I think they’re a huge chance to beat India. That was my Mt Everest tour. I always said I wanted to be able to do it again because it was so hard to do.

Image Source: India TV News

“Australia have two senior pros at the top. They’ve got No.3 and No.4, averaging 60 and they’re best mates. They’re hungry and they play spin well. Travis Head is batting at a different level. He’s been inspired by that top four. Cameron Green will hopefully come back in, which gives really good balance. You’ve got the best fast bowling attack in the world and you’ve got the best spinner in the world. My gosh, they have an incredibly well-balanced team,” Langer added.