14/04/2024

Australia coach Justin Langer (Image: cricket.com.au)

Australia has a plethora of bowlers potentially available heading into the Boxing Day Test match, with Justin Langer believing whoever plays will perform on the big stage.

Australia has a plethora of bowlers potentially available heading into the Boxing Day Test Match, with coach Justin Langer believing whoever plays will perform on the big stage.

After a comfortable win out at Adelaide Oval without two of their best bowlers, Australia head into this test match 2-0 up and with one hand on the little Urn.

Debutant Michael Neser and the returning Jhye Richardson both performed in place of captain Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. 

Whilst Neser picked up figures of 2/61 in the match, Richardson had figures of 5/120. All five of his wickets came in the second innings as he guided Australia to victory.

Cummins looks set to return after being a shock late out in Adelaide due to COVID protocols. Hazlewood, who is recovering from a side strain sustained in Brisbane, is still a 50/50 chance of playing Boxing Day.

Langer told media this morning that even if players miss out on this match, he expects the bowlers they do select to be firing and ready to go.

“We’ll just manage our bowlers as best we can and we’ll put our fittest and most ready to perform out on the park in Melbourne for the Boxing Day test match,” Langer said.

Langer mentioned that despite a terrific bowling performance for Cameron Green in Adelaide, they still had to manage the workload for the all-rounder.

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“When a young player like him who’s got enormous talent and potential and has had the injuries he had you’ve got to manage him really well.”

Australia has added Victorian fast bowler Scott Boland to the Test squad, with Langer excited about what he can do if he’s given the chance to play.

“It’s more precautionary than anything else, that said he’s a terrific bowler and he’s had an awesome domestic couple of years,” he said.

“If he gets the opportunity like Michael Neser last game, he’ll certainly deserve that.”

Mitch Starc also looks set to play in Melbourne despite sustaining a rib injury. Langer said he was very happy with how he performed with the pink ball.

“His consistency of length and the way he controlled the tempo of the game was a great credit to him, particularly without Patty [Cummins] and Josh Hazlewood, he became the leader of the group, he did a fantastic job,” he said.

“I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t get up for Boxing Day.”

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