Australia vs Pakistan: Justin Langer says hosts may not change winning combination for Adelaide Test

Sport360 staff 22:01 27/11/2019
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Justin Langer.

Australia head coach Justin Langer sees no reason to change the playing XI that delivered a convincing win at Gabba, for the second and final Test of the series against Pakistan.

The hosts opened their Test summer with a thumping win over Pakistan by an innings and five runs at Brisbane.

Speaking ahead of the day-night Test, Langer hinted at naming an unchanged team at Adelaide.

“The boys all played well (in Brisbane), they had a day off having finished in four days,” he told reporters in Adelaide on Wednesday. “We haven’t had a look at the wicket yet, we’ll make sure they get through training today.

“But my gut feel is we’ll probably go with the same XI.”

Langer also spoke in support of middle-order batsman Travis Head who has gone seven innings without even scoring a half-century.

“It’s often a really hard time to come into bat,” Langer said of Head’s 29-ball knock in Brisbane. “But I was impressed (because) he was sharp, he was busy, he played well and got a pretty unlucky dismissal down the leg side.

“One of the reasons we selected him in the squad is we knew the second Test was in Adelaide. We all know he’s a great young bloke, he’s a very good young player and hopefully he does well this week. There’s no reason he shouldn’t. He’s in good nick.”

The second Test between Australia and Pakistan starts on November 29.

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