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Australia's bowling is absolutely critical, says Justin Langer

Australia's bowling is absolutely critical, says Justin Langer

Sydney, May 19 (UNI) Pointing out that the bowling would be the game changer in the conditions of England, where the ICC Men's cricket World Cup will commence later this month, Australian coach Justin Langer said that his team's 'bowling' is absolutely critical.

"There's a lot of talk about batting now in white-ball cricket, but our bowling is absolutely critical," The Sydney Herald quoted him as saying.

"In T20 it's absolutely critical and the same in ODI cricket. You're going to have a pretty thick skin to do well in international cricket, particularly on the flatter wickets and the fast outfields and the big squares we play on in England. They're going to have to have thick skin but they're physically tough and mentally tough and they'll be ready for it," he added.

The ongoing England series against Pakistan has been dominated by the bat with 340 the lowest score registered so far in three matches and the Australian coach said the emphasis has to be on bowlers to keep games tight.

Langer also said that Australia are aware of what has given them success in the past and will continue to do the same. Australia are the defending champions and have won the World Cup four times in the last five editions, beginning in 1999.

He also said the return of David Warner and Steve Smith has bolstered belief around the squad that a sixth successful World Cup is achievable and Langer said the pair have slotted back into the team effortlessly.

"I watched Steve Smith batting against new Zealand in those three practice games, he's literally a master of the game," Langer said.

"It's been hilarious for me because whether on the Anzac Cove or in the lunch room or we're in the bus playing cards, he's just shadow batting the whole time. He literally loves batting, he's shadow batting on the sand, he's shadow batting in the shower.From that point it's great to have him back,' he added.

The team travel down to Southampton on Sunday where they'll play three warm-up matches, starting with an unofficial fixture with the West Indies on Wednesday.

On Saturday, they face tournament favourites England, ahead of a final hit out against Sri Lanka next Monday before kicking off their campaign against Afghanistan on June 1.

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