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Justin Langer throws marriage challenge to Australian cricket team

Justin Langer, the newly-appointed Australian cricket team coach, wants the players to be honest and humble enough to be considered for marriage with his daughters.

cricket Updated: May 30, 2018 17:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Justin Langer has been tasked with overhauling the outlook of the Australian cricket team after the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa.
Justin Langer has been tasked with overhauling the outlook of the Australian cricket team after the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa.(Twitter )

Come the limited-overs tour of England and Australia cricketers (June 13-27) will have new motivation to bring about a positive change in their behaviour that has often been a subject of criticism.

With the ball-tampering row in South Africa causing an upheaval in Australian cricket, focus has also been turned to the aggressive behaviour and sledging by the players.

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Justin Langer, the former Australia batting mainstay who has taken over, is gearing up for his first series as coach. He has stressed on the players to be disciplined but stick to playing hard cricket like how Australia players have always done.

However, former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, a teammate of Langer, has revealed that players establishing themselves as ‘good blokes’ will be eligible to seek the hand of the coach’s daughters.

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Appearing in popular Australian sports TV show ‘Back Page Live’ on Fox Sports, Gilchrist said Langer has set a very high standard for player behaviour at the pre-England tour camp in Brisbane. Langer apparently told the players he wants them to become role models so that he can give away his daughter in marriage. Langer has four daughters.

“Langer, as you’ve heard, wants honesty and humility. Actually, I’ve heard him say he wants his players to be good enough blokes that he would consider allowing them to marry his daughters.

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“He’s got four daughters - so that’s the selection process going on,” Gilchrist joked.

Australia are due to play five ODIs and a one-off T20 against England in June.

Though a number of former players have suggested that the Australian team should improve its behaviour -- outgoing coach Darren Lehmann asked the players to follow New Zealand’s calmer approach -- Gilchrist believes the team will continue to sledge.

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Langer recently said in an interview that he has no problems with banter on the field but would not brook personal abuse.

“Get it clear from day one. We have to aim to be No 1 in professionalism, No 1 in honesty and humility.

“It does not matter how many runs you score. If you are not a good bloke, that is what people remember. Our mateship is really important, sticking together,” he said.

First Published: May 30, 2018 17:50 IST