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    December 29, 2004

    Justin Langer's failure in Australia's romp to victory triggered me to look for his performance as an opener when Australia were chasing a fairly low score to win a test. I set the benchmark as a target of 175. I was quite surprised to find that in the nine occasions that Australia has had to chase a target less than 175, opening batsman Justin Langer has been out for a sub-10 score on six of those occasions!

    Australia had to make 10 to win against South Africa. Langer was out for 7.
    Needing 8 to win, Langer promptly did his thing and got out for a first ball blob against West Indies.
    Facing minnows Zimbabwe and a target of 172, Langer got out for 8.
    Australia needed to make 97 to level the series at Melbourne last year and Langer contributed with a magnificient 2 to the effort.
    On a spinning minefield at Bombay, Australia needed to make 107 to win the series 3-0 earlier this year. Langer made a blob yet again and was the only Australian batsman to get out to a quick bowler in the chase.
    After Pakistan stopped fighting from the third day in the recently concluded test, Australia had to make 126 to win. Langer was out for 5.

    The only occasions on which he got a score greater than 10 were when he made 24 when Australia chased 107 against England, when he made 78 as Australia chased 147 against West Indies and scoring 30 in a 53 run chase against South Africa.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 3:08 PM |
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