Langer amazed by pace talent on dead decks


Justin Langer, who was the Australia coach for the Caribbean tour while Darren Lehmann took a break, is amazed by how much fast bowling talent the West Indies have, despite playing on lifeless tracks.

Langer seemed to feel sorry for the pacemen, who have to contend with decks that offer them no assistance, and felt that groundskeepers should do more for the quick bowlers.

Langer, having led the Aussies to the tournament title, said on Cricinfo:  "There is so much fast-bowling talent here.

"You've got big, tall, beautiful athletes, and they run in and bowl fast and they keep bowling all day, but I don't understand why they play on such dead, low, lifeless wickets. It doesn't make any sense to us.

"If you could harness the natural ability you've got in the West Indies with those tall fast bowlers… it would get the batsmen more used to facing fast bowling, more used to facing short-pitched bowling.

"And with the natural talent they've got it won't take long. But you've got to face it. You've got to be exposed to it.

"There's so much natural talent. We've seen it in the net bowlers. I'm in awe of how many young fast bowlers you've got in the West Indies.

"We've seen it in Guyana, we've seen it in St Kitts, we've seen it in Barbados, and yet you play on wickets that bounce about this high. It doesn't make sense to me."

The Western Australia coach was full of praise for the Windies team after they reached the tri-series final, and hoped that the abundance of talent in that team would pay further dividends.

Langer added: "West Indies cricket is so exciting. They won the T20 World Cup, they're so dangerous. They're like a boxer who's got the big right hook and could knock you out at any time. They've got so much talent.

"I really respect and admire the guys who are playing, Jason Holder and Darren Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite to name a few – Narine, Pollard is always dangerous.

"[Johnson] Charles is a very dangerous player. Until we got him out I was nervous for the game, because he's a serious player. He whacks it – not a lot of foot movement but he's a dangerous player. If he could harness his ability and go out and score more hundreds … Darren Bravo got a brilliant hundred the other day.

"There's a lot of talent and I think they're playing really well. They made the final, they beat South Africa very well, who are on paper an unbelievable cricket team. West Indies have a lot to look forward to."