Unless there are any last minute changes to the routine, Australia will be fielding an unchanged XI in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. “I’d be a pretty courageous man to change the XI for this Test match after the last one,” said Justin Langer. “At this stage unless something happens over the next few days – and it can happen in the world we live in – we’ll go in with the same XI, I’d say.”
David Warner, who was an absentee in the first Test will also miss out on the second Test. As a result, Matthew Wade and Joe Burns will continue to open at the top for Australia. Langer revealed that Warner didn’t feel completely fine and hopes to have him back soon in the series.
“We got some selection conundrums every game one way or other. Davey had a good hit yesterday, he’s a bit way off with the running. We know how dynamic he is, there’s no one more dynamic in the game with the running between the wickets, with the way he fields. He wants to make sure he’s 100% fit so he gets great energy personally and as a group e get energy out of that. But these things with selection have a funny way of working themselves out. Who knows, we can try and hypothesize as much as we want this far out. But my experience is, selection has a funny way of working itself out when it comes to the time you have to do it,” he said.
Justin Langer also refused to ponder about the Boxing Day Test in 2018 when they had fallen behind India in the first innings total.
“I think we’re a very different team. we’ve come a long way in two years, we’re now playing very good cricket, we’ve got confidence,” said Langer. “I also remember losing the toss at MCG on a very, very, very, very flat wicket and that certainly took some wind off our sails, that’s for sure. So we’re a different team, we know that in the first innings in Australia we are looking to score 400 in the first innings. There’s no surprise there, that’s what we’ve based our best cricket on in years.”
The Australian coach ended the session, talking about how special Boxing Day matches has been for him and its attraction.
“Boxing Day, as you’ve heard me say is my favorite day in the calendar for as long as i can remember, boxing day as an Australian cricketer.. it’s a bit different without our families here, it’s the first time in 50 years without family, the sacrifices that are being made… the fact that when we play Boxing day there’s 30000 people that’s a great thrill for anyone loves playing cricket like we do,” said Langer.