Champions League Twenty20: Playing Spin is Like Having Chillies, Says Justin Langer

Former Australian opener and coach of Perth Scorchers said it was extremely difficult for visiting batsmen to master the art of playing against high-quality spinners in Indian conditions.

updated: October 01, 2014 20:58 IST
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Former Australian opener and Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer singled out his side's inability to play spin as one of the biggest reasons for their first round exit from the Champions League Twenty20.

The Scorchers, who were making their third straight appearance in the CLT20, were clubbed in Group A alongwith IPL heavyweights Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings and lost both those games. Langer, a solid left-handed opening batsman played 105 Tests for Australia and scored 23 hundreds for his country. He was no alien to the mystery and guile of spinners from across the world but his young side were clearly baffled by the likes of Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. (Narine Has Long Career Ahead: Bayliss)

Langer said no matter how hard players prepared, it was going to be difficult in India and compared the art of playing spin to eating chillies. ('No Room for Complacency in KKR')

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