Australian coach Justin Langer said his team would be ready to take on a “dangerous” England team after watching them during their Twenty20 series against Pakistan. The Langer men face England in three T20s in Southampton, with Friday’s opening game at the Ageas Bowl their first major game since March, before playing the 50-over world champions in three one-day internationals in Manchester. England suffered a narrow five-point defeat to Pakistan in the third T20 at Old Trafford on Tuesday, a result that meant the series all ended squarely at 1-1, with a rain-marred result.
Langer told a conference on Wednesday from Australia’s training base in Southampton that he was wary of Eoin Morgan’s men.
‘Dangerous … that’s what I made England. I’ve watched Eoin Morgan play, it’s exciting to watch, he just comes out and smells like ball one. ‘
“They’ve been the best one-day team in the world for a few years now … We came here two years ago and were smashed 5-0,” added Langer, who said it had been whitewashed “hair on the chest” of a youthful team.
“We came here last year, winning two out of three games, but just didn’t win the big one in the (World Cup) semi-finals. They are a really good cricket team, well run.”
“We know what to expect and we will be ready.”
Langer took over ahead of the 2018 tour of England, while Australia was still reeling from the scandal to mess the ball in South Africa that resulted in years of bans for former captain Steve Smith and star hitter David Warner.
“When we came here two years ago, we were at a crisis point,” he said.
“We came from everywhere and ended up. The team had made a terrible judgment error in South Africa.”
Australia is now the world‘s top ranked Test and Twenty20 side.
“Where we got to in two years, I talked about it over and over again, we had to regain international respect, we had to make Australians at home proud of us,” said Langer.
“One of the highlights of my coaching career was when Steve Smith got off the ground in last year’s final test (at the Oval) and got a standing ovation, he only got a run 20 times.”
“From the hostilities we had when we first arrived in England to seeing that moment, hopefully we have begun to earn back respect.”
Langer said the fact that Australia now had to live in a bio-safe bubble wouldn’t change his approach to coaching.
“At the end of my coaching career, I would judge my success by the number of invitations to weddings and baptisms, not the number of trophies we win,” he said.
“You can be a tough guy as much as you want, but in the end you have to take care of your people. That philosophy hasn’t changed for me since the day I started coaching and that won’t change until the day I finish. coaching. “
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