Australia head coach Justin Langer has leapt praises for his team’s high confidence ahead of the all-important final match against New Zealand at the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup. The two heavyweights are scheduled to play each other on Sunday in Dubai.
The Aussies reached the ultimate game of the tournament after defeating Pakistan in a nail-biting semi-final clash earlier this week. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis (40* off 31) and Matthew Wade (41* off 17) combined to stitch a spectacular partnership of 81 runs in just 40 balls to seal one of the team’s most memorable victories.
“There’s real confidence the whole way through. The way the guys have been going about their business in preparation, then to finish it off last night, was a lot of fun. It was great fun to be there. Everyone was calm, it was fun and it was a great experience,” Justin Langer said as quoted by Sky Sports.
“He (Matthew Wade) is a great leader within the group; he’s very, very well respected among the group and he’s got so much talent. When he hit those sixes last night, he might have surprised some people. We’ve been watching that for the last 12 or 18 months, particularly at practice,” he stated on the contribution of Wade in the side
“New Zealand cricket has been outstanding over the last few years” – Langer
The cricketer-turned-coach also shed light on the challenge in front of them in tomorrow’s match.
“We’ve been brought up watching the All Blacks, and I think the way New Zealand cricket have gone about their business over the last few years has been outstanding.
“They’re a really good bunch of blokes. We’re going to have to be at our best like we have been throughout this tournament to beat New Zealand,” the 50-year-old signed off.