Former Australian batsman Justin Langer wants national selectors to keep their faith in the players despite an awful show in the opening two Test matches against India. The former opening batsman is totally against a ‘chopping and changing’ policy, and asked
the selectors to retain Phil Hughes in the playing line-up.
"I would be so disappointed if he didn’t play the next Test. He has been brilliant again all summer," Langer told ‘The Daily Telegraph’. "He is our most exciting and best performed young player and I hope they stick with him."
"Phil is a young kid who is playing Test cricket in India for the first time and you can’t just keep chopping and changing all the time," he added.
The left-hander drew attention towards Hughes’ marvellous run in the domestic circuit. He referred to his 233 runs at 46 against Sri Lanka, 673 Sheffield Shield runs at 56 for South Australia and 416 one-day runs at 52.
After a couple of disappointing losses, the Aussie is trying best to invent some success formula. Shane Watson, Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson, the left-arm paceman, and Usman Khawaja, have been axed from the squad due to not complying with team orders.
These players were expected to become a part of the next game, but since they didn’t make a presentation as asked by coach Mickey Arthur, they have been excluded from the side.
This move has further created problems for the national selectors, who are leaving no stones unturned to get the side back to the winning ways.
Talking about Australia’s national policy, Langer shared: "I remember English friends saying Australia had a youth policy but Ricky Ponting had scored over 10 hundreds and was rewarded for being the best player in Australia when selected."
"Phil Hughes was the same when selected. We have to reward people for performing, not just because they are young or seem to have to talent. If we do that I think it has been a system that has kept us one of the great cricketing nations for a long time.
I think we have just got a little bit away from that at the moment," he explained.