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Aussies should learn from India: Langer

Justin Langer thinks his side could learn a lot from the "awesome" Indian batsmen who look so patient and apply themselves so well.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2004 12:42 IST

Australia may be rated as the top batting side in the world but Justin Langer thinks his side could learn a lot from the "awesome" Indian batsmen who look so patient and apply themselves so well.

Langer, who struck his second century of the series on Sunday, also admitted that he felt a kind of pressure not experienced before.

"They (Indian batsmen) look so patient as if they are in a meditative state. It is awesome the way they apply themselves into batting," he said as India posted their highest Test total of 705 for seven.

"I cannot remember being under pressure in this manner. The pressure to bowl against them, field against them and chase huge scores," said the opener.

The left-handed batsman conceded that the Indian batting has been the high point of the series.

"The reality of the series has been the extraordinary Indian batting, there is a lot we can learn from them," said Langer after his side was left needing 164 runs to avoid the follow-on in the deciding fourth Test here.

Langer said spending two whole days on the field also took a toll on his batting. "It is funny. For the first time in my career I was thinking about time rather than concentrate on scoring. It never happened to me before."

"Usually Matt Hayden and I look at first 10, then next 10 runs and then next. I am disappointed not to score a big hundred but to be honest, I am feeling pretty tired," said Langer.

"We spent long day in the field in Melbourne and then more than two days here. I was thinking in the last 10 overs yesterday if we would be asked to bat. This morning too I was not sure when our turn would come. That is very unusual for me."

Langer defended his team's approach to go for shots rather than bat out time given the monumental score of the Indians.

"I think it is in our nature to keep scoring runs because I honestly believe if you are scoring runs, the opposition will have some doubts in their mind. If you hang around and try to build pressure, you would be under even more pressure.

"If we had done it against Kumble, it could have been trouble against a world class spinner. There is a bit of rough and if you try to hang in, it is not easy."

Langer revealed that Hayden and he pre-meditated and went after left-arm spinner Murali Kartik who conceded over hundred runs in only 16 overs.

"In the past few years we have been very aggressive to left-arm spinners. They don't tend to spin too much as wickets are good here. He is quite inexperienced and young and we knew he has not really bowled in Australian conditions.

"We try to take initiative against such spinners and that is what we tried to do today."

Langer praised young Irfan Pathan who, he said, swung the ball "prodigiously" in his first two spells.

"He swung prodigiously. He was swinging the ball late a lot in his first two spells. That was surprising because I thought the ball did not swing in the first 40 minutes of our bowling. That had an effect I think."

Langer was hoping his retiring skipper Steve Waugh would be able to play his characteristic defiant innings in the second innings and lead to a hard-fought draw.

"It would be nice for him to play his characteristic heroic innings."

First Published: Jan 04, 2004 18:12 IST