Playing less County cricket is hurting Australian players, feels Justin Langer

The former opener, who played 102 Tests for Australia, has been a regular player for Middlesex and Somerset.

updated: October 01, 2013 17:43 IST
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New Delhi: Having been an integral part of Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting's formidable Australian sides, former opener Justin Langer knows a thing or two about what ails the country's young cricketers right now and according to him, not playing English county is one of the prime reasons.

"Look I don't want to get into a debate whether IPL is good or bad thing but most of our young players don't go and play county cricket anymore (English County season starts when IPL is in full swing). Learning from playing English county is diminishing," Langer, who has played 102 Test matches for Australia and has been a regular for Middlesex and Somerset, reasoned during an interaction with media.

"We (Waugh's and Ponting's side) were used to winning for such a long period of time that people had a lot of expectations. One needs to understand that there's no magic dust which will transform a side. You got to be patient and give youngsters time to replace those legends. May be wait till they are 28, 29 and 30," the 42-year-old Langer, who is the chief coach of Perth Scorchers, said on Tuesday.

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