Australia coach Langer rues docking WTC points
Justin Langer regrets Australia being ‘slacky’ on losing points due to slow over rate against India that cost them the World Test Championship final.
Australia had not only lost the 2nd MCG Test against India but also got four points deducted from the championship for falling two overs short.
Had Aussies not been docked points, they would have been in the finals with India, having 70% points. New Zealand have ended on 70% points but they have a lower runs-per-wicket ratio – 1.281 – compared to Australia’s 1.392.
Langer reveals team managers Gavin Dovey’s absence (for personal reasons) had them overlooking on over rates.
“This might be the silliest thing I’ve ever said, but our manager Gavin Dovey … he’d been away, he’d gone home for Christmas to be with his family,” Langer told SEN radio.
“It wasn’t until after the game that we realised our over rate was down. Now, that’s really slack on our behalf.
“I remember we were in the team room afterwards and I spoke to Painey (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 it 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.
“It was relevant at the time and it certainly became incredibly significant over the weekend.”
Australia could not bounce back after MCG defeat. They failed to bowl India out on day five at SCG, which ended in draw. That was followed by a heart-warming finish by India, who won by 7 wickets at The Gabba to take series 2-1.
The inaugural WTC final between India and New Zealand will take place in Southampton on June 18-22.