Sydney Test: Rohit’s wicket huge for us going into day five, says Langer

“It was a bit of a relief for us to see Rohit Sharma out there in the end, that’s a huge wicket for us because we know he’s a world class player,” said Australia head coach

By   |  Published: 10th Jan 2021  6:06 pmUpdated: 10th Jan 2021  6:08 pm
India's Rohit Sharma walks from the field after he was dismissed for 52 runs during play on day four of the third cricket test between India and Australia at SCG. -Photo: AP

Sydney: Australian head coach Justin Langer on Sunday said the dismissal of India opener Rohit Sharma late on day four was a huge wicket for the hosts and hoped that off-spinner Nathon Lyon will help them take a 2-1 series lead on day five of the third Test here.

“It was a bit of a relief for us to see Rohit Sharma out there in the end, that’s a huge wicket for us because we know he’s a world class player. We know he’s one of the all-time great one-day players so if he was out there, he’s going to keep scoring quickly,” Langer said at the virtual post-day press conference.

The former Australia opener hoped that the surface would start spinning more on day five to make their task easier. “There’s very little in this wicket, we’ve seen that throughout the whole Test match. Great credit to the bowlers but we’re going to have to squeeze really hard, keep the pressure on and hopefully the ball will start spinning a bit more again tomorrow for Nathan Lyon.

“And we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing. There’s a little bit of variable bounce, hopefully that plays a part for us tomorrow as well,” said Langer. According to the head coach, Lyon’s role will be crucial on the final day. “It’s spinning a little bit. It’s been quite slow, too. I mentioned to all the players this morning but particularly made the point to Nathan in front of all the players…

“I thought he bowled particularly well in the first innings without luck, he might get a little bit more luck in the second dig. He’ll play a big part,” he said. Langer was also all praise for his bowling unit.

“When you’ve got a bowling attack like we’ve got at the moment, I’m actually in awe of it. To see the way our fast bowlers are going about their business and to have Nathan Lyon (and) have a young kid called Cameron Green who can play a real role for us now and into the future.

“I’m in awe of our attack. Let’s hope they get the job done tomorrow,” he added. Langer then lauded his team’s fielding, especially for three run outs on day three. “I also find it unbelievable the athleticism of those guys. The way they field, that catch Mitch Starc took tonight, the runout of Josh Hazlewood yesterday, the runout by Patty Cummins yesterday They’re not just great bowlers, they’re great athletes and great fielders. So they’re all playing their role and I’d be surprised if Nathan doesn’t play a big part tomorrow.”