Justin Langer praises ‘chemistry’ between Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja

first_imgJustin Langer is all praise for Australia’s new opening pair of Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja after his side’s unlikely draw against Pakistan in the Dubai Test.Finch and Khawaja were involved in two superb opening stands in the first Test.Playing their first Test since the ball-tampering scandal in March, Australia rode on Finch and Khawaja’s 142-run stand in the first innings and 87 in the second innings against Pakistan.Finch impressed on his debut while Khawaja was promoted up the order in the absence of the suspended David Warner.”One of the main building blocks is a really strong opening partnership,” Langer said in Dubai.”So for the guys to get 140-run opening partnership and an 87-run partnership … that’s huge for our team.”Whenever you’re building a team you’re always looking for the opening partnership and they have certainly both put their best foot forward and they’ve obviously got a good chemistry to have two great partnerships.”Read – Pizza and The Inbetweeners discussions kept Paine, Lyon going in Dubai TestAnchored by a sparkling fourth-innings knock of 141 by Khawaja, Australia batted 139.5 overs on a wearing pitch to save the game and will head to the second match in Abu Dhabi with optimism after being widely written off before the series.While debutant Travis Head scored an important 72 in the fourth innings and Paine steered the team to safety with an unbeaten 61, the form of the Marsh brothers and rookie all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne remains a concern.Pakistan vs Australia, Dubai Test: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSadvertisementShaun and Mitchell Marsh managed a total of 19 runs between them in the Test, and were both out for ducks as Australia scrapped for a draw in the fourth innings.Labuschagne scored a total of 13 runs for the match but chipped in with two handy wickets with his part-time legspin.Opening batsman Matt Renshaw was overlooked for Dubai due to a lack of match fitness but Langer said the Queenslander could be recalled lower down the order.”He’s a terrific young player, really good in the group. I admire the way he’s gone about it,” Langer said of the 22-year-old, who has averaged 33.47 in his 11 Tests.”There’s plenty of future for Matt Renshaw. Whether it comes in opening or batting number three … it could come anywhere.”Also Read – I was very nervous: Tim Paine after Australia hold Pakistan for thrilling drawLanger was guarded about rotating Australia’s fast bowlers for Abu Dhabi after spearhead Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle toiled for long hours in enervating heat as Pakistan racked up 482 in the first innings.Left-armer Starc has had a history of bone stress injuries, and Langer was mindful of the four-Test series to come against India in the home summer.”We’ll manage it. It’s the start of the season and hopefully we’ll manage them well throughout the summer and this tour so far,” he said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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