Australian head coach Justin Langer has pointed out reasons why there has been a whole lot of injuries across both the camps throughout this long summer in Australia. The visiting team India has lost many of their key players due to injuries while Australia didn’t have much to worry barring a few concerns.
Injuries do usually happen when a long series such as India’s tour to Australia takes place. But in these unusual times, the situation has become quite difficult to manage for India as they couldn’t get a replacement for those injured due to quarantine restrictions.
Going into the 4th Test, India is without 5 of their first-choice players and the number may increase further with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Agarwal, Ravi Ashwin are being monitored for their respective injuries. Australia’s David Warner injured his groin
The Indian camp has seen Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja being ruled out at some point of the time in during this tour. This coupled with the departure of Virat Kohli after the first Test depleted the team further.
Love the IPL but its timing in 2020 was not ideal – Justin Langer
Justin Langer speaking in a virtual press conference said that the timing of the IPL last year may have been the reason for so many injuries, especially as it took place just before the commencement of this long tour. The BCCI had no choice but to host the IPL at that time due to Covid rather than in its usual time frame of April-May.
Langer further said that he loves IPL and thought it has massively helped in the development of Australia’s young cricketers just like county cricket used to do in the past. He also felt that BCCI will review this and hoped it was a one-off thing for the IPL to be held in September.
“It is really interesting how many injuries (it) has been throughout this summer. I can’t help and think that the IPL this year (2020) was in really, probably wasn’t ideal timing for anyone, certainly for such a big series like this,” Langer said at a virtual press conference.
“I love the IPL, I look at IPL now like I used to look at county cricket for our young players. They go and play county cricket and it helps them (in) their cricket development enormously, I think it is the same with the IPL, helps their white-ball development,”
“But the timing of it…Because of what happened with COVID…Probably wasn’t ideal, and I just wonder whether that is having an impact on the injuries that we are seeing for both teams throughout the summer, so I’m sure they’ll review that,” said the Australian head coach.
He also added the absence of Bumrah and Jadeja from the Brisbane Test will certainly have an impact on the result and billed this summer as the survival of the fittest. He went to say they want to concentrate on winning the series and not worry about what the opposition is going through.
“Hopefully, it (absence of Bumrah and Jadeja) impacts it (the contest) a lot. But I have said this is going to be the survival of the fittest this summer,” he added.
“And I have said when I was asked at the start of the summer about Virat (Kohli) not being here…If you are taking your best players out of any team, whether it is our team or our opponent, it is going to have an impact or it is potentially going to have an impact,” he said.
“…Test cricket, like I keep saying survival of the fittest, and we can’t concentrate on what India are doing, we just concentrate on (what) we are doing to make sure that we are up for the contest,” he signed off.