Lack of county cricket is hurting Australia’s young talents, says Justin Langer

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“Learning from playing English county is diminishing”

Former Australia opening batsman Justin Langer believes the country’s younger players are shooting themselves in the foot by choosing to play in domestic Twenty20 tournaments instead of good, old-fashioned county cricket.

Langer added that the younger players could learn a thing or two if they signed up to play county cricket in England.

“Look I don’t want to get into a debate whether [the] IPL is [a] good or bad thing but most of our young players don’t go and play county cricket anymore,” Langer said. “Learning from playing English county is diminishing.

“We 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. Maybe wait till they are 28, 29 and 30.”

Langer also criticised the International Cricket Council (ICC) for scheduling too many matches and tours these days as he believes it could lead to a drop in interest.

“It is a clear case of Law of Diminishing Returns,” he said. “If you have too much cricket, people simply don’t have enough money to turn up everytime you play. Also everyday, you can watch cricket on Television in the comfort of your drawing rooms.

“Therefore, we have to be careful that we don’t saturate it. One needs to do that balancing act of juggling between formats.”

Langer also defended captain Michael Clarke’s decision not to travel with the national team for their limited overs tour of India due to a chronic back problem.

“Michael is one of the most disciplined cricketers that I have played and worked alongside with,” Langer said. “Obviously, he has the return Ashes at the end of the year at the back of his mind and then you have the South Africa series. He needs to be fit by that time.”

On a more lighter note, Langer noted that he would be proud if one of his daughters decided to date teenage sensation Ashton Agar, who made 98 against England on debut during the Ashes.

“Oh yes,” he said. “He scores runs, takes wickets and makes a lot of money. I don’t mind if one of my daughters dates Ashton. Also there’s Joel Paris. But two days back my daughter introduced me to her first boyfriend on Skype. It was a terrible experience for me.”

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