‘Just a basic of batting’: Langer says Australia needs to improve against spin

  • Australians struggled against spin in South Africa ODI loss
  • ‘I just thought we didn’t pick the ball well enough,’ says stand-in coach

Stand-in coach Justin Langer has called on Australia’s batsmen to improve a “basic of batting” following their latest struggles against spin. South African spinners Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso put their variations to good use earlier this week, helping skittle Australia for just 142 in a comfortable ODI victory.

Langer didn’t read the riot act after his side’s first loss of the tri-series, but the former Test opener made some salient points clear to his charges ahead of their clash with the Proteas in St Kitts, which starts at 3am AEST on Sunday.

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