Despite losing to Sri Lanka by 20 runs and earlier to Pakistan, Australia coach Justin Langer says England are still one of the strongest teams to beat at the World Cup. They next play against their arch-rivals Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday. However, the defending champions Australia are in a great form where they won five of their six games so far. Their only defeat came against India. However, the coach is hopeful of his side.
“They are the best team in the world. Just look at their team… nothing has changed in a week,” Justin Langer said on Sunday. “I can’t wait for Tuesday — England at Lord’s, World Cup. That is what we are thinking about,” added the coach.
On the other hand, England vice-captain Jos Buttler is known for quick scores. He was first encountered by Langer at Somerset. Langer, however, shared that he is the natural successor to former India captain MS Dhoni.
“Jos is an unbelievable player. I love watching him bat. He is the new Dhoni of world cricket,” said Langer. “I hope he gets a duck in this (Tuesday’s) game obviously, but I saw him at Somerset and he is an unbelievable athlete and an incredible finisher. They (England) have a very strong batting unit and we will have to be right on it,” shared Langer.
However, Australia have several players who are in form, likely David Warner, the opener who amassed 447 runs from six innings. Along with him, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and even the bowlers have been in formidable form. However, during a warm-up game, Steve Smith and David Warner were booed when they faced England in Southampton.
While speaking about this, Langer replied: “Yes, probably but that is OK. There is nothing we can do about the crowds or the opposition. We will just go about our business. I did not know Davey that well (before being appointed as Australia coach) but he is good company. His runs speak for themselves. He is smiling a lot. He is hungry. He is playing well. He loves his family. Like Steve, the return has been seamless and they are playing well too, which is pleasing,” Langer expressed.