Justin Langer relishes Pakistan clash, wants to be world’s best

Justin Langer

Australia coach Justin Langer is confident his side can once again establish themselves as the best T20 side in the world.

This after the Aussies booked their place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup with a convincing eight-wicket win over West Indies, on the back of David Warner’s unbeaten 89.

That result means Langer’s side finished second in Group 1, with a likely semi-final clash against Pakistan on the cards, should the Asian team beat Scotland in their final Group 2 match on Sunday.

“Not that long ago we were the best team in the world and some of that cricket shows we can be the best team in the world,” Langer told reporters.

“I think England are leading the way at the moment and we’ve got exciting prospects.

“We’re taking great lessons from this tournament on how we can continue to play T20 cricket now, for this tournament, and moving forward.”

Australia suffered an eight-wicket loss to England earlier in the group stage – their only defeat – but Langer’s side bounced back with convincing victories over Bangladesh and the Windies.

Justin Langer hails ‘brilliant’ Aussies

“It was brilliant again last night, I think our last few games have been outstanding cricket,” Langer said of his team’s recent performances under the leadership of Aaron Finch.

“The boys have really stepped up. It was quite a sobering experience against England. We knew we had to do some work and the way the boys responded to that has been brilliant, so it’s nice to be in the semi-final.

“You can’t win it unless you’re in the semi-final. It’s nice to be sitting here, knowing we’re in a semi-final on Thursday.”

Pakistan have arguably been the form side of the competition so far, and Langer was full of praise for them, in particular skipper Babar Azam.

“They’ve got a good all-round team, like we have, and they’re well-led,” he said.

“Their captain, Babar Azam, is a superstar of the game. They’ve some good pace bowlers and they’ve a couple of good spinners, so they’re a well-balanced side like we are, so it should be a great game of cricket.”