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Justin Langer says inexperienced Australian cricket team learning the hard way

The Australian cricket team’s record 242-run defeat to England at Trent Bridge means it has now lost its last four ODI series and has dropped to sixth in the ICC ODI rankings, but Justin Langer said they can only improve from here.

cricket Updated: Jun 20, 2018 18:52 IST
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Australia lost to England by 242 runs in the third ODI at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. (AP)

Australia were handed a reality check as they suffered their biggest one-day international defeat when they lost to England at Trent Bridge, said coach Justin Langer, who added that his young side were learning the hard way.

England amassed 481 runs as they thrashed Australia by 242 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

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The latest defeat means Australia have now lost their last four ODI series and have dropped to sixth in the rankings but Langer said they can only improve from here.

“It’s no fluke that they (England) are number one in the world. I’ve never seen anything like that,” the 47-year-old former Australia batsman told reporters.

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“Hopefully, our young guys can learn from it. It doesn’t get harder than that... their top three are brutal.”

Langer said it was not the right time to make wholesale changes but he was open to the idea of off-spinner Nathan Lyon getting his first match on the tour.

“I don’t like to chop and change; you’ve got to build something,” he said.

“You’re not going to learn anything in the changing rooms. Nathan Lyon has played a lot of international cricket - he might play at some point.”

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 18:47 IST