Justin Langer, Australia’s head coach has heaped praised on Cameron Green after he registered his maiden Test half century on day four of the Sydney Test match. The 21 year old who is regarded as one of Australia’s brightest talents, scored 84 runs from just 132 deliveries to put the hosts in the driving seat in the third Test.
Cameron Green departed for a duck in the first innings, after facing 21 balls. However, he made a huge impact in the second innings, which earned him praise from Langer. “Since he’s come into Test cricket it looks like he’s almost born to play,” Langer said. “He was a bit defensive in the first innings and that’s certainly not how he plays in first-class cricket. We just encouraged him to be a bit more positive, look to score a bit more today, and he did that.”
“He played beautifully. It’d be a relief for him to get his first Test fifty. It would have been nice for him to get a few more and get his first Test hundred but he’s a great guy to have around and he’s doing a good job,” Langer added.
Cameron Green showcased his slogging prowess by hitting the likes of Bumrah and Siraj for sixes. “A lot of people will talk about those sixes he hit but I just thought his whole innings, the way he was driving the ball down the ground [and] always looking to push and hit ones … he looks like a real class act,” Langer remarked.
Langer defends Wade’s performances in the Test series
Justin Langer has defended Matthew Wade‘s poor performances in the ongoing Test series against India. Langer has full faith in the left hander after he was dismissed for just four runs in the second innings. His last Test half century came in November, 2019.
“In the first innings he looked a million dollars and got out to a shot that he’d be disappointed about … he’ll be more disappointed than we are (disappointed) in him,” Langer said.
“But I’ve got a lot of faith in Matthew Wade. That’s why he is playing. He opened the batting in the first two Tests,” Langer recalled. “He was selfless in that … and, without cashing in, he played some good innings,” he added.