Langer hits back at ‘very odd’ Warne dig
Australian cricket coach Justin Langer is finding out the hard way that everyone has an opinion.
As the Australian World Cup campaign continues to go from strength to strength with the a spot in the finals all but assured after five wins from six matches, the knives have come out.
Australia should have a spinner, Usman Khawaja should be dropped for Shaun Marsh, even the more conservative approach from the tournament's leading run scorer David Warner have come under question.
But the Aussie team has met all of it with a shrug as Langer did again.
When responding to criticisms of the side's approach, Langer took a dig at critics, saying it's "easy being a commentator".
While Australia haven't been at their best, the gutsy victories and fight shown have been a huge upside for the side.
Last week, Aussie legend Shane Warne took to Twitter as Australia got to 1/230 off 38 overs against Bangladesh.
With wickets in hand and David Warner passing 100, Warne wasn't alone in thinking Australia could have milked plenty more out of the first 40 overs.
Next minute, the Aussies slammed 130 runs from the final 10 overs to pile on 381 runs.
A 10-ball 32 from Glenn Maxwell pushed the Aussies to the mammoth total but Warne doubled down.
Told about Warne's tweets after the match, Maxwell said: "I think we went at 13s (runs per over) for the last 14 overs so I don't think we went that bad."
Warner was more diplomatic when asked about the cricket legend's take.
"I always respect what Warne says. For us it's about going out there and doing the best we can. And whether or not we're batting slow or fast, I think you're going to get some form of criticism somewhere," Warner said.
"But I felt the way we batted today, we tried to take it as deep as we did and we ended up getting 380. That's just the way that we're playing at the moment and we can only adapt to the conditions that are in front of us."
Other cricket commentators shared Warne's view as the innings neared the 40-over mark. Iconic Australian broadcaster Jim Maxwell told the BBC: "They're not muscling it around the ground as you'd expect" while former England spinner Graeme Swann said the innings was "way too slow" and "old fashioned".
It's been a tactic for Australia to bat deep into the innings and launch from a solid platform in the tournament so far and Langer bit back, saying the tactics are working.
"We've got 381 (against Bangladesh) - it's been a long time since we got 381," Langer said.
"There's been a lot of critics saying we can't do that.
"I've maintained that the whole time if we stick to our game plan and the conditions are right, we'll get scores that are enough to win games of cricket.
"We've done that for the last six months or so and we'll hopefully keep doing that."
- with AAP
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