Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Justin Langer questions double-standard after Virat Kohli's aggressive wicket celebrations

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"Here the wickets are slightly flatter because you get bounce, but you have to be consistent".

"After the day's play I knew there'd be a lot of comments about, like Sachin's comments, I knew that's what they'd say", Langer told Fox Sports.

"That's the thing we have read over the years". The wicket wasn't overly easy to score on, and I thought they set good fields. In Test cricket we've probably gone a bit away from it actually over a bit of time, but the great players are patient, they bat for a long time and that's what we can do. The former cricketer mentioned that had one of Australia's players done so, then it would've been a shambolic act. I thought Ashwin bowled really well, mixed up his pace a lot, bowled a few different variations with side spin and over spin.

".people have always said that I have scored more runs in India". I try and keep an eye on the opposition as well, what is working for them, maybe try and learn from them.

Langer conceded that Australia could've showed more aggression in how they played Ravi Ashwin, the Indian spin king who finished with three wickets and an economy rate of 1.5, but said their defensive approach - for the most part - was the right one.

Before embarking on his maiden Test tour in Australia (he has earlier played T20 Internationals in 2016), Bumrah watched old Test match footages. We'll work it out, but it's a tough wicket and they bowled really well. "Asking the bowling coach questions and asking the senior players who have come here before who know what to do over here", he said. He is playing around that strength. He is playing with the bowlers' patience as well.

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Kohli was enjoying India's good start to the series as he was spotted showing off his dancing skills during the day's play. The hosts managed to score only 235 runs in their first innings with the guidance of Tim Paine's knock after a great display of bowling by Indian bowlers.

Jasprit Bumrah was the most successful among the Indian seamers as he picked up three wickets in the first innings.

"Mind you, I think if we did that at the moment we'd be the worst blokes in the world, but it's a fine line isn't it?" Everything else, we can't control and it is not in our hands.

He said that Australia did want to get on the front foot and attack but the Indian bowlers kept relentless pressure to force them into fending off overs. "I think we're in a decent position", Harris said.

Meanwhile, Kohli was booed when he walked out to bat in the second innings.

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