To evolve and improve with Justin Langer -Paine Says
As Australia prepares for the World Cup following a vacation, the players must resolve their problems with head coach Justin Langer as soon as possible.
Langer, too, has admitted that his strict approach had caused worry,
“Professional coaching, whether it is AFL or NRL or the Australian cricket team, is a very difficult caper. What I would say is I know I speak for all of our players (when I say) that JL has done a bloody good job in a really difficult time. We all now feel as a team we want to evolve and improve, and JL is a part of that,” Paine said
“It is not him by himself or us by ourselves…we are all 100 per cent behind JL and the job he is doing. We have a team review at the end of the Indian series which is a pretty common factor in professional sports…from Justin to our last player, everyone will get feedback they can improve on.
“We will go to the Gold Coast in a couple of weeks to delve a bit deeper into that… we are trying to create an environment to give people feedback. We obviously did not play as well as we liked against India and we all want to improve from Justin down.”
Refused To Get Carried Away
While Australia has its own problems to deal with ahead of the Ashes later this year, Paine refused to get carried away when England lost their two-Test series against New Zealand at home.
“New Zealand are a good team, and secondly I think it’s a really different team England put on the field to what we’re probably going to see in the Ashes so I didn’t pay a whole heap of attention to it,” he said.
“We know when they come here they’re going to get Ben Stokes, going to have Jofra Archer, they’re probably going to play a spinner, and a few other guys to really strengthen their depth. We will take a bit from it but not read too much into it.”
” It is certainly an issue, there is no doubt about that. It will certainly be one of the challenges for the modern day player,” he said. “Going away and doing two weeks (quarantine) either side can be quite draining.
“We have some guys who have done that six or seven times, so there is 14 weeks out of your year sitting in a hotel room by yourself. It’s important you have depth in your squad so you can cover it.”
The first Ashes Test between Australia and England will begin on December 8 in Brisbane.