Ashes 2019: Justin Langer wants Australia to maintain intensity ahead of Lord's Test

Justin Langer wants his side to maintain the intensity throughout the Ashes series and emerge victorious
Ashes 2019: Justin Langer wants Australia to maintain intensity ahead of Lord's TestAshes 2019: Justin Langer wants Australia to maintain intensity ahead of Lord's Test
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Australia coach Justin Langer doesn't want the team to be satisfied with the victory in the first Test and focus on maintaining the same intensity throughout the five matches. The second Ashes Test will begin at Lord's on August 14.

"We did not come here to win the Edgbaston Test, we've not come here to get a hundred at Lord's. We've come here to win the Ashes, to be the leading run-scorer in the Ashes and if you do that it helps us win the Ashes. To be the leading wicket-taker in the whole Ashes and not just have a good Test. Everyone's got to contribute. That's why we are deliberately recognizing that, ok we won the first Test match that's great, but now we've got to win the second Test. So all out efforts will go into that," Langer told.

When asked about the team composition, "In theory, you would like Pat Cummins to play all five Tests. Those back-to-back Test matches depends a lot on how much he bowls. He bowled the most overs in the first Test, but depends on how the game goes and how many overs he bowls. On how much batting there is in between, whether we've bowled last or we've bowled in the third innings of the game. All those things will come into it."

"You’d like him to play all five but I am not sure it's humanly possible. He's the number one bowler in the world. You also have Josh Hazlewood who has played 40 odd-Tests and is a gun and Mitch Starc who took 10 wickets in his last Test match. And he's played 40-odd Tests as well."

Langer and his side were also aware of the "Jofra Archer" factor. "He's a very skilled bowler and a great athlete, but Test cricket is very different to white-ball cricket. Like we've got to keep wearing them down and get him back into his second or third or fourth spells."

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