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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Head reveals details of Langer's impromptu session


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Australian batsman Travis Head has revealed exactly what went on at Justin Langer’s impromptu coaching session in the centre of Dubai Stadium during the first Test against Pakistan.

Following Australia’s first innings capitulation on day three that saw the team lose ten wickets for just 60, Langer was seen talking to the left-handed batsmen as they sought to find a solution to playing Pakistan’s spinners.

Langer’s move was criticised by former skipper Ian Chappell, who told Wide World of Sports Langer was simply trying to justify his job.

Head, who was dismissed for a duck in the first innings but compiled a gritty, unbeaten 34 in his second dig, has credited the session with helping him learn from his first innings mistakes.

“We just spoke with Uz (Khawaja) who played beautifully, and it was a lot about realising the work we’ve done over the last month, backing our plans and backing the way we’ve been playing because we’ve been playing and training extremely well,” Head said.

“It was just to go out there and stay nice and relaxed, have a look at the wicket and talk about a few ideas and a few strategies that Usman employed.

“Different guys have got different ways of going about it, so it’s about staying calm and enjoying the challenge.”

With wickets traditionally falling in clumps in Asian conditions, Head believes it’s important for batsmen to bat for long periods of time once they get themselves set.

“As you get in and get a feel for the wicket you start to become more confident out there,” he said.

“There’s no real period where you feel relaxed in these conditions. As we’ve seen one wicket can cause a little bit of damage. It’s definitely hard to start, so our job out there is to make sure that if we are in a big partnership, then continue that partnership for as long as we can.”

Australia batted for 100 overs against India in Ranchi last year to secure a draw, and a bigger effort will be required this time around, with Pakistan sensing an opportunity to go 1-0 up in two Test series. Australia will resume at 3/136 with Head and Khawaja at the crease, and Head says the early exchanges on the final day will be key.

“We’ve seen when the roller has been on the wicket guys have been able to get themselves in and build partnerships,” Head said.

“It’s a really big first hour tomorrow for Usman and myself.

“I think the whole dressing room believes we’re capable of batting the day.”

Australian batsman Travis Head has revealed exactly what went on at Justin Langer’s impromptu coaching session in the centre of Dubai Stadium during the first Test against Pakistan.

Following Australia’s first innings capitulation on day three that saw the team lose ten wickets for just 60, Langer was seen talking to the left-handed batsmen as they sought to find a solution to playing Pakistan’s spinners.

Langer’s move was criticised by former skipper Ian Chappell, who told Wide World of Sports Langer was simply trying to justify his job.

Head, who was dismissed for a duck in the first innings but compiled a gritty, unbeaten 34 in his second dig, has credited the session with helping him learn from his first innings mistakes.

“We just spoke with Uz (Khawaja) who played beautifully, and it was a lot about realising the work we’ve done over the last month, backing our plans and backing the way we’ve been playing because we’ve been playing and training extremely well,” Head said.

“It was just to go out there and stay nice and relaxed, have a look at the wicket and talk about a few ideas and a few strategies that Usman employed.

“Different guys have got different ways of going about it, so it’s about staying calm and enjoying the challenge.”

With wickets traditionally falling in clumps in Asian conditions, Head believes it’s important for batsmen to bat for long periods of time once they get themselves set.

“As you get in and get a feel for the wicket you start to become more confident out there,” he said.

“There’s no real period where you feel relaxed in these conditions. As we’ve seen one wicket can cause a little bit of damage. It’s definitely hard to start, so our job out there is to make sure that if we are in a big partnership, then continue that partnership for as long as we can.”

Australia batted for 100 overs against India in Ranchi last year to secure a draw, and a bigger effort will be required this time around, with Pakistan sensing an opportunity to go 1-0 up in two Test series. Australia will resume at 3/136 with Head and Khawaja at the crease, and Head says the early exchanges on the final day will be key.

“We’ve seen when the roller has been on the wicket guys have been able to get themselves in and build partnerships,” Head said.

“It’s a really big first hour tomorrow for Usman and myself.

“I think the whole dressing room believes we’re capable of batting the day.”

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