Australia’s head coach Justin Langer has lamented the Australian Cricket Team for not completing their overs in time in the second Test against India at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The slow over –rate eventually didn’t help the cause as they were docked four-points because of that. Australians are standing third in the list of World Test Championship and had they not docked those four points, they would have been at the second position in the WTC and square up against India in the final.
“I remember we were in the team room afterwards and I spoke to skipper Tim Paine and Dene Hills, our analyst, about it. I was a bit grumpy about it and I thought ‘imagine if this cost us the World Test Championship’. And I mentioned to the players afterwards that two overs down could cost us the World Test Championship. And so, we have to get better at that and make sure it doesn’t happen in Sydney and Brisbane,” he added.
Earlier, Australia postponed the three-match Test series against South Africa. It affected their position in the WTC points table, and their fate in the final was eventually decided based on the result of the England-India Test series.
“How often do you get docked points in Test cricket these days? Rarely. And we had that in our control, that’s an attitudinal thing. At the time, we probably thought it’s not that big a deal – the players get fined – but that cost us the World Test Championship (Final) after what had been two really good years for Australian cricket where we were ranked number one again,” said Langer.
India will lock horns with New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship at Southampton. It will be conducted between 18-22 June 2021.