Langer laments four factors that value Australia berth in WTC closing

New Delhi: Australia head coach has Justin Langer lamented the loss of four points for slow over rate against India in the Melbourne Test in December, which cost the team a place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Australia were docked four points for failing to keep up with the required rate as the team fell two overs short of the required rate of 15 overs per hour. The loss of four points meant that Australia finished third (with 69.2% points won) behind New Zealand (70%), who will face India (72%) in the final in Southampton in June.

“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 said. He said due to Dovey’s absence, the team had been unaware about the slow over rate.

“It wasn’t until after the game that we realised our over rate was down. Now, that’s really slack on our behalf,” he said. “I remember we were in the team room afterwards and I spoke to Painey (skipper Tim Paine) and Dene Hills, our analyst, about it. I was a bit grumpy and I thought ‘imagine if this cost us the World Test Championship’.” TNS, agencies

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