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    Justin Langer: the power of faith and belief

    It's a long article but well worth a read. I strongly recommend taking the time.


    Justin Langer on rites, whites and inspiration
    Billy Rule PerthNow November 24, 2014 9:56PM 0


    FAITH and self-belief helped Justin Langer become one of Australia’s greatest batsmen. He’s now brought that winning attitude to WA cricket. STM talks to a man with no regrets who has lived out his boyhood dream.

    She’ll be right, mate. “No she won’t. Who said so? Why will ‘she be right’?” There are two things Justin Langer can’t cop. One is drugs. The other is ‘She’ll be right, mate’. “Look, I’m a big fan of Australian colloquialisms,” he says as he gives you that look from below. Head tilted to the right, eyebrows raised as he explains himself. “I love Australia — I’ve got an Australian flag outside my house — but the line ‘She’ll be right’? Nup. Nah. That’s not how it works.

    “Having the attitude ‘She’ll be right’ means everything will just stay mediocre. I hate it.

    “To tell you the truth ‘she’ actually won’t be right. Not unless you do something about it. You’re the one who can change things. They don’t change by themselves.”

    After speaking with Langer, you realise things will only be right if you tick three boxes: Earn respect; believe in yourself; and have no regrets. They’re the philosophies that have brought the 44-year-old success as a person, a Test batsman and now as Western Australia’s cricket coach, who has been able to turn a basket case of ill-disciplined misfits into a finely woven team of winners.



    RESPECT


    As a boy Langer longed to wear a baggy green cap. In 1993 his dream came true when he made his Test debut as a 22-year-old against the mighty West Indies in Adelaide. Towards stumps on the first day, with grey clouds darkening the sky and nerves strangling his self-belief, he was summoned to the crease. The West Indians had fallen for 252 and Australia was 1-1 after Mark Taylor had been dispatched to the dressing sheds for a single. “We can’t lose another wicket tonight,” was the muffled welcome from his batting partner David Boon.

    So Langer stood in front of his stumps. He looked up. Somewhere in the distance was Ian Bishop, the latest lethal weapon off the West Indian fast bowlers’ production line. In his first 14 Test matches, he’d snared 65 wickets. As a comparison, the great Curtly Ambrose took 55 wickets in his first 14 Tests. The greatest, Malcolm Marshall, just 44.

    Langer glanced behind him. Somewhere in the distance was a wicketkeeper and six slip fieldsmen. He rolled his eyes to the left. A metre away stood Keith Arthurton at silly mid-off. He looked to his right. A metre away was Desmond Haynes at silly mid-on. He felt a presence behind him. Standing on his shadow was Ambrose at leg-slip. They were all staring at him and smiling. Then he heard a sound. It was Haynes with a calypso carol: “He’s scarred, Bish. He’s scarred this one, Bish.”

    Langer shook the antagonists out of his mind. “Focus, JL, focus. Watch the ball. Watch the ball.”

    He started padding his bat on the turf wicket. Then he waited. And waited. Finally Bishop came into view, loping faster and faster towards him — step, step, step, step, step — until the speedster leapt up and unleashed a red missile.

    “Watch the ball JL, watch the ball JL. What? Where’s the ball?”

    THWACK.

    “Arrhhhhhhh.”

    “I’m watching the ball and then I turn, BANG, it splits my helmet, splits my head and I go down and big Desmond Haynes is cradling me in his arms,” Langer says. “My first Test. I can’t believe it. Then David Boon walks up and puts his arm around me. Even though I’m in a daze I can still smell the Benson & Hedges and PK chewing gum on his breath.

    “He grabs me and says, ‘Son, there are no heroes in Test cricket — retire hurt’.

    Suddenly Langer focused.

    “Retire hurt? What are you talking about?,” he stuttered. “I’m playing for Australia. Mum and Dad have flown over from Perth. These guys think I’m scared. Nup, not happening.”

    The damaged debutant took strike and battled through with Boon until stumps. In the second innings, Langer top-scored with 54 and was the second-last wicket to fall as Australia lost by one run, the closest Test defeat in history.

    “We lost but I’d earnt respect,” he says defiantly.

    BELIEF


    From 1993 until 2001 Justin Langer appeared to be the easiest player to leave out of the Australian cricket team. During that time he played 41 Tests but had to fight for his spot rather than feel safe about it. The 2001 Ashes series in England was his lowest point. Dropped from the starting line-up at the start of the tour, he watched on as Australia retained the Ashes by winning the first three Tests.

    “It was a dark time,” Langer says. “I was 31 and thought I would never play for Australia again.”

    But deep down he still believed in himself. Others did, too.

    “When I was dropped at the start of the tour a mate sent me a letter,” Langer reveals.

    “At the same time Queensland rugby league coach Wayne Bennett had brought Allan Langer back from England to play State of Origin.

    “Anyway, in the envelope was a newspaper headline from the Origin match that said ‘Langer: Greatest comeback ever’ and in a note he wrote, ‘Mate, keep hanging in there, you can do it’. Everywhere we went on that tour I taped that headline on the mirror of my bathroom.”

    Then Langer received some mail from a stranger.

    “The radio broadcaster Alan Jones — never met him, didn’t know him — wrote me a letter from Australia,” Langer says. “It was just about belief. It was an incredibly inspiring letter. Really positive.”

    On the Tuesday before the Fifth Test at The Oval, Langer answered a phone call in his hotel room. It was captain Steve “Tugger” Waugh.

    “I was averaging about five (runs) for the whole tour — seriously, it was impossible to pick me,” Langer says. “I was scratching around in the midweek games not getting runs, but then ‘Tugger’ calls me up and says, ‘We’re going to pick you for the match on Thursday’. I said, ‘What are you talking about?’.

    “He said, ‘You’re going to open in the Fifth Test’.

    “I said, ‘I’ve never opened in my life’.

    “He goes, ‘Nah, I think you’ll be a good opener. You can open with Haydos (Matthew Hayden)’.

    Langer opened the batting and hit a century. What’s more, that surprise selection gave birth to the greatest Australian opening partnership in history as Hayden and Langer went on to share 113 Test match innings and chalk up 5655 runs between them.

    “After that match, Alan Jones would get in touch and he’d call me ‘JL300’ and say, ‘One day you’re going to get a 300’,” Langer recalls.

    “For the next six years I’d see him now and then and he’d always say ‘JL300, JL300’.”

    In 2006 Langer strode out to the crease for Somerset in English Country Cricket and plundered 342 runs.

    Langer muses: “When I doubted myself, others believed in me.”


    Justin Langer is helped by Jacques Rudolph of South Africa after being struck in the head by a delivery in 2006. Photo: Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

    NO REGRETS


    Justin Langer’s a cutter. He can crack a ball across the off-side of an oval like a bullet coming out of a gun. So when he looked at the field placement in his 100th Test match in Johannesburg in 2006 he sensed South Africa was going to get physical. “I thought, ‘Hmmm, they’re gonna target me here’,” Langer recalls.

    Makhaya Ntini steamed in and unleashed a short ball that Langer attempted to duck but it followed his head and smashed into his helmet just behind his right ear. A hush hovered over the crowd as he crumbled to the ground with blood trickling down his neck.

    “It really crunched my brain,” Langer says. “It’s like when you’ve got the TV on and you pull the plug out. I was just rattled. This time I was really crook.”

    Langer was carried off to hospital where the doctors banned him from returning to the crease, so he spent the next three days recuperating in his hotel room. On the fifth day, with Australia six wickets down and needing 43 runs to win, he asked to go to the ground.

    In the huddle before the start of play he broke the news to his teammates.

    “I said, ‘Boys, this is really hard for me to say but, whatever happens, I’m not allowed to bat’,” Langer remembers telling the group. “As I was speaking I glanced at Matty Hayden and Andrew Symonds and the look on their faces to me was ‘What are you talking about? You’re playing for Australia’. They were going ‘Yeah, OK mate, no worries’ to my face but I could just see in their eyes they were saying, ‘You’re kidding aren’t you?’.”

    The game resumed but Damien Martyn, Australia’s last recognised batsman, lost his wicket soon after, with Australia still 34 runs behind. Langer left his seat in the stand and walked into the dressing room to start changing into his whites. Team manager Steve Bernard asked what he was doing. “I’m not going to bat,” Langer said. “I’m just kitting up in case I have to stand at the other end if it comes down to us needing one run.”

    About 30 minutes later, Stuart Clark was caught for 10 with Australia still 17 runs away from victory. If another wicket fell they would lose the Test. Langer started putting his pads on.

    “As soon as I did that, ‘Punter’ (Ricky Ponting) came into the room and said ‘Justin you are not batting. I’ll declare before I let you go out there. I’m not letting you get hurt’,” Langer recalls. “I said, ‘**** off, Punter, if you declare you can forget about our friendship’.

    “He goes, ‘Nup, not happening, Justin’. But I stood my ground and he knew I was serious.”

    Bernard then stormed into the room and told Langer the security guards had been instructed not to let him out. But Langer was defiant, insisting if he wasn’t allowed to be given a chance to bat he would “regret it for the rest of my life”.

    Out on the field South Africa were jubilant. They were heading towards an unlikely victory with just one tail ender to get out. But then, on the big screen, an image flashed around the ground that changed their mood. Sitting outside the Australian dressing sheds was an injured Langer, decked out in pads, gloves and helmet, ready to risk his health if the call came to bat for his country.

    “I admit, I was scared, because apart from my head injury the wicket had massive cracks down it,” Langer says. “I went out the front and sat there in my gear. It was tense. The South Africans also realised they still had someone else to get out.”

    In the end, Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz held on to score the runs needed but, for Langer, his conscience was clear.

    When we sang the team song that night I’ll never forget the look from Haydos and Symmo — respect. Look, I knew they would never begrudge me, but it just wouldn’t have sat right with me. If I hadn’t have put my pads on — especially if we had lost — I would still regret it to this day.”

    While Langer has had to endure physical pain to live his life of no regrets, it is a price he has always been willing to pay.

    As a teenager he took up the martial arts discipline of Zen do kai. Three times a week at 6am he would train with older men as he aspired to rise up the ranks.

    “Zen do kai was a great grounding for me when I was younger,” Langer says. “I got my black gi when I was 18. It’s the level below a black belt.”

    To earn that grading, Langer had to prove himself a warrior against WA’s most experienced Zen do kai fighters.

    To get your black gi means they believe you have the spirit to fight,” he says. “The grading involves going one-on-one with one guy for three minutes, then another guy for three minutes, then another guy for three minutes. Over and over. At the end of it I was pretty smashed up but they were hugging me and giving me high fives. It was about respect. Afterwards I was an emotional and physical wreck.

    “Driving home that morning I can just imagine what people would have been thinking who saw me in my car — I had my karate gear on, I was covered in blood and sweat and crying.

    “When I got home, Mum said, ‘What have they done to you!’. And I said, ‘No Mum, no worries, all good. Respect’.”


    Justin Langer at home with his family, Gracie, 9, Jess, 17, Ali-Rose, 16, Sophie, 13, and wife Sue, with Chilli the dog. Picture: Richard HatherlySource: News Corp Australia

    Langer’s life isn’t always so brutal. In fact, his spiritual side is at the core of who he is. The husband to wife, Sue, and father of four daughters — Jessica, 17, Ali-Rose, 16, Sophie, 13, and Gracie, 9 — meditates most mornings and has a strong Catholic faith.

    “I go to Mass every Sunday night,” he says. “It keeps me grounded. And my faith has got stronger over the years. Living a Christian life is important to me.”

    Touring the world as a cricketer has also given him the chance to visit churches in different countries and add to his collection of rosary beads.

    “I love rosary beads,” he says. “Mel Gilchrist gave me a beautiful, handcrafted, black set for my 40th birthday. My Somerset coach, Andy Hurry, gave me some red rosary beads from the Vatican.

    “I’ve probably got about 15 to 20 sets of rosary beads at home. And I’ve got a beautiful set of blue beads in the car that I bought in an op-shop with one of my daughters.”

    Sue says the Sunday ritual of Mass has become an important part of their routine.

    “Church is something Justin and I share,” she says. “I go to Mass every week and when Justin’s home we go together. It’s just another nice commitment we have to each other.”

    Another one is finding an hour each morning for themselves. At 6.30am husband and wife will walk along the coastline lost in each other’s company, something they struggled to do for almost 20 years as Langer toured the world on duty for Australia.

    “We talk about the day ahead and what else is coming up,” Sue says. “He talks to me about work and I fill him in with what the girls are up to. We have a walk and a coffee, then we come home and head off on our separate ways. We do it every day when Justin’s in town.”

    The two have known each other for almost 30 years. Langer grew up in Duncraig and when he began secondary school at Newman College he met Sue who was attending Sacred Heart at Hillarys. Two years later, as 16-year-olds, they started dating and a lifelong bond began.

    As Justin pursued his cricket dream around the world, Sue managed the children, finances and business commitments at home. Langer says he’d be lost without her.

    “The reason I’ve been able to succeed is because of the sacrifices Sue has made,” he says.

    And Sue has seen first-hand how hard work and positive thinking has led to Justin’s success.

    “In our first house in Wembley he had a saying,” she recalls. “It was on a piece of paper in a plastic sleeve and stuck on the shower wall. It said, ‘The pain of discipline is nothing like the pain of disappointment’, and that was 20 years ago and you’d see it every day.

    “When we built our current house he had a room with this beautiful painted wall and he got out his permanent marker and wrote that quote from the shower in huge letters over the door. I nearly died! Another saying seems to go up each day and you can barely see the walls for the writing now.”

    Langer has no regrets about marking positive affirmations over his walls and in his subconscious.

    “That room is the best room in the house,” he laughs. “It’s Jess’s bedroom now. The words on the wall are just scriptures and quotes. They’re just reminders. Every now and then I go up and lie on her bed and just surround myself.”

    Langer’s success and integrity were the qualities WA Cricket needed to reboot their broken team. When he took over two years ago, the Warriors were struggling to win and attracting headlines for drunken antics.

    The positive changes were almost immediate. A team that had been easy beats took out the Twenty20 Big Bash tournament earlier this year and the Matador Cup one-day series last month. In the Sheffield Shield they’re sitting on top of the table.

    So how did he do it? “When I arrived there were all these rules — a drug policy, an alcohol policy, a policy for this and a policy for that,” he says. “It was like the kids were handcuffed. It’s not a criticism. They obviously thought they had to do something to try and stop the rot but the more rules they introduced, the worse it got.”

    So Langer brought it back to three rules and five pillars.

    The three rules are: Use common sense; keep things simple; and no mobile phones at training. His five pillars are: Hard work; speak honestly with each other; celebrate success; respect the past; and earn respect back.

    He also got them fit, bringing in his great mate Steve Smith from Aspire Fitness, and his Zen do kai mentor Justin Boylan to push the players through the pain barrier.

    “We train them really hard,” Langer says. “Our number one foundation, besides our values, is physical fitness.”

    Those who don’t follow cricket will spot Langer on TV and billboards as the face of WA’s bushfire campaign this season. It’s one of many commitments that can see a typical day start before dawn and end after 10pm.

    As well as being a corporate speaker, he’s also patron of a number of foundations assisting cancer research, children’s leukaemia and cerebral palsy. In 2008 he was named as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to Australian cricket and for his charity work.

    Helping others is something he can’t seem to say no to. He appreciates the satisfaction of simply caring for someone.

    “Ultimately, I try and live a Christian life,” he says. “When I do public speaking, and as a coach, I talk about taking care of people. That’s true leadership.

    If you care for people they’ll invariably play for you or come with you. I talk about Steve Waugh and the people who have cared for me along my journey and, I tell you what, they’ve got me for life. I’d do anything for them. Anything.”

    Anything is an accurate word for Justin Langer to use. Because, in his mindset, anything seems possible.

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket/...eed%20-%20Life according to Langer
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    I always thought he was a terrefic test batsmen, perhaps not the most gifted of Aussie batsmen, but terrefic nonetheless

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    Nice read.
    Confidence is so important for a professional sportsman (I guess the regular folks are not challenged or tested inside out day after day)
    In Langer's case what's interesting is that it wasn't just his confidence that got him through, it was also the confidence that others had in him.
    What is probably underplayed in the article (because it is assumed the reader understands) is how bloody hard he worked for it.
    In a Pakistani context too often what gets played back is players moaning about not being given confidence when they are down: and they are usually not willing to put in the hard yards for others to believe in them

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    An outstanding Test opener no doubt.

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    Langer and Hayden. Beat that pair. Awesome batsmen!

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    Always gave his best. Not dominating or intimidating like a slater of hayden, but a batsman in the steve waugh mould, best at scoring difficult runs.

    ps: would like to read the post in OP, but the blue fonts are an eye sore.

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    Pretty inspiring stuff of course, but the rationalist in me can only help but wonder if it makes any sort of sense for a married man with four daughters to basically risk his life to score a couple of runs in a game of cricket, as Justin almost did that day in South Africa in 2006.

    I sense the peer pressure from Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds played its part too.

    But overall I salute Justin Langer - a true warrior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketCartoons View Post
    Always gave his best. Not dominating or intimidating like a slater of hayden, but a batsman in the steve waugh mould, best at scoring difficult runs.

    ps: would like to read the post in OP, but the blue fonts are an eye sore.
    Sorry. I figured blue was better than italics. Unfortunately I can't change it now. If a mod could change it I would appreciate it. It's worth the read. It's about players who stick to their task no matter what and come back from all sorts of adversity and excel. The best Pakistan comparison I could make would be Younis Khan. Not flashy but indomitable and inexorable.
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    Langer's first delivery in test


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    Quote Originally Posted by OZGOD View Post
    Sorry. I figured blue was better than italics. Unfortunately I can't change it now. If a mod could change it I would appreciate it. It's worth the read. It's about players who stick to their task no matter what and come back from all sorts of adversity and excel. The best Pakistan comparison I could make would be Younis Khan. Not flashy but indomitable and inexorable.
    No problem, I still ended up reading it. This is the reason I follow cricket. Not for the sixes and fours and the centuries, but the story behind that cricketer. the fight, the struggle, the failure and the comebacks. inspiration for people like me, that failure is only in not trying hard enough, and regret is the worst guilt. Enjoyed reading the article.

    Langer was bit un australian, in the sense that he did not sledge. At first he was shocked to see his teammates sledging him hard in domestic games, but he learnt that it is their way of playing the game hard. Thank god for australia, for giving a culture to cricket where the game is played hard and fair, and the sport is greater than the individual, and failure is in not losing, but in not giving your best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketCartoons View Post
    No problem, I still ended up reading it. This is the reason I follow cricket. Not for the sixes and fours and the centuries, but the story behind that cricketer. the fight, the struggle, the failure and the comebacks. inspiration for people like me, that failure is only in not trying hard enough, and regret is the worst guilt. Enjoyed reading the article.

    Langer was bit un australian, in the sense that he did not sledge. At first he was shocked to see his teammates sledging him hard in domestic games, but he learnt that it is their way of playing the game hard. Thank god for australia, for giving a culture to cricket where the game is played hard and fair, and the sport is greater than the individual, and failure is in not losing, but in not giving your best.
    I think he's an example of someone who succeeded through adversity, which is a tale that cut through all cultures. His story is an Australian one, but there is an Indian counterpart out there, and a Pakistani one, and a Sri Lankan one, and a West Indian one, and a Hobbit one. It's a story about a bloke who succeeded because of his heart and his willpower. It's the reason why we as fans barrack for the underdog, because we like seeing these types of people succeed. Because they give us hope that we ourselves can succeed, in whatever our chosen endeavour is.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ihsri aha View Post
    Langer's first delivery in test

    Ian Bishop was a beast in his prime.

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    Langer had a lot to do with the emergence of several Middlesex batters, particularly his opening partner Strauss. One got a bit weary of reading his relentless superlative remarks in the press, but he clearly had an enervating effect on his team-mates.

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    An absolute legend.


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    My favourite opener. I'd have him on my ATG team not for his skill but just for the sheer price he put on his wicket.

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    What a legend.

    Great batsman, as an individual one of the nicest guy as well. Very humble, he had some good memories in PAK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Langer had a lot to do with the emergence of several Middlesex batters, particularly his opening partner Strauss. One got a bit weary of reading his relentless superlative remarks in the press, but he clearly had an enervating effect on his team-mates.
    And he's done a great job as coach.

    Mitch Marsh is the obvious one but there has been widespread improvement amongst every WA player. Gone from the competition jokes to arguably the strongest state


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    And who taught him to bat? Chris Martin? Is he the Australian equivalent of ....wait, I'm struggling to think of another useless player of his calibre.

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    Isn't Langer the same guy who was involved in a big partnership with gilchrist ( i think) against pakistan.
    During the innings he edged one to keeper but due to biased umpiring the umpire didn't give him out.
    Pak lost the match
    Waseem was furious and didn't come out for presentation party of the match

    And after ten years Pakistan toured Australia again and langer was in commentary team and he acknowledged that "he actually had smashed the ball" but since the umpire didn't give him out so ....................

    All hail the DRS otherwise no team would be able to beat austrailia at home and we would be listening to above talk !!

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    The Power of Faith and Belief Virat Kohli.

    We need Justin Langer to instill in us that belief.


    Between Is this going to be the start of Sachin Tendulkar's apparition Era of Indian cricket ? Like the 1990's ? ?

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    Justin Langer's ultimatum to Shaun Marsh

    http://www.cricket.com.au/news/justi...lia/2016-05-03



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    Really miss the OP

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    Whatever happened to OZGOD ??? Was an absolute gem of a poster..... Does anyone know where this bloke went ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asif 81 View Post
    Isn't Langer the same guy who was involved in a big partnership with gilchrist ( i think) against pakistan.
    During the innings he edged one to keeper but due to biased umpiring the umpire didn't give him out.
    Pak lost the match
    Waseem was furious and didn't come out for presentation party of the match

    And after ten years Pakistan toured Australia again and langer was in commentary team and he acknowledged that "he actually had smashed the ball" but since the umpire didn't give him out so ....................

    All hail the DRS otherwise no team would be able to beat austrailia at home and we would be listening to above talk !!
    Well Langer should have walked. That defeat to Aus at Hobart was difficult to swallow; we were in a winning position. And I firmly believe that had Pakistan won that game we would have beaten them in the next game to win the series as well. Anyways I dont rate Langer that high as Hayden because of lack of runs outside Australia

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    Quote Originally Posted by silent ischemia View Post
    Well Langer should have walked. That defeat to Aus at Hobart was difficult to swallow; we were in a winning position. And I firmly believe that had Pakistan won that game we would have beaten them in the next game to win the series as well. Anyways I dont rate Langer that high as Hayden because of lack of runs outside Australia
    That one series had huge repercussions, our cricket in the 00's would have been different had we won that series....ppl would remember a 3 nil thrashing but for the first two matches pakistan was in control for 50% of the match, if not more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silent ischemia View Post
    Well Langer should have walked. That defeat to Aus at Hobart was difficult to swallow; we were in a winning position. And I firmly believe that had Pakistan won that game we would have beaten them in the next game to win the series as well. Anyways I dont rate Langer that high as Hayden because of lack of runs outside Australia

    Hayden & Langer both averaged 41 something outside Australia.

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    Langer was no doubt a wonderful player.I get a feeling Simon Katich is vastly underrated by fans.

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    Sehwag and Steyn are the Best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silent ischemia View Post
    Well Langer should have walked. That defeat to Aus at Hobart was difficult to swallow; we were in a winning position. And I firmly believe that had Pakistan won that game we would have beaten them in the next game to win the series as well. Anyways I dont rate Langer that high as Hayden because of lack of runs outside Australia
    I guess that was the difference between Australian players and Pakistan players, Pakistan players would have walked when they edged the ball and the Australian players would not. Also Pakistan umpires were completely neutral and even favoured the opposition in Pakistan whereas the Australian umpires would be biased towards the Australian team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    The Power of Faith and Belief Virat Kohli.

    We need Justin Langer to instill in us that belief.


    Between Is this going to be the start of Sachin Tendulkar's apparition Era of Indian cricket ? Like the 1990's ? ?
    As good as Virat Kohli is, I would like him to perform in Test cricket too at the outstanding level he does in LOI cricket. Virat is good in Tests, in fact very good. But there is a gulf of class between his LOI performance and Test performance. There are better players than him in Tests at the moment.

    Virat is already rated as one of the best ever ODI players at 27 and a strong candidate for the best ever too the way his career is going. But Tendulkar at the same age was rated one of the best ever to play Test cricket. And he did it in ODI cricket too. It's gigantic shoes to fill, but if there is one cricketer who has the same hunger and self belief as Tendulkar had, it is Kohli and he certainly has the potential to match him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Really miss the OP
    He was my favourite poster when I was lurking. An excellent poster.

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    Is it just me or do white people appear to have more kids nowadays?

    Of course it's their life and there is nothing wrong in it. Also there is no population problem there, so I guess they could afford to have them. But it's just a general trend I noticed in the recent periods.
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