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Langer expects same Australian XI for Second Test

Langer expects same Australian XI for Second Test Photo: TT
Australia head coach Justin Langer during day two of the fifth test match at The Oval, London

Australia coach Justin Langer says he is likely to field an unchanged XI for the Second Test against Pakistan in Adelaide from Friday.

The Australians won the First Test emphatically, triumphing by an innings and five runs, to flex their muscle ahead of the day-night match at the Adelaide Oval.

Australia’s batting line-up appears assured of retaining their places after posting 580, while the bowling attack claimed 20 wickets within four days.

Former Australia captain Allan Border suggested the state of the wicket may lend itself to four quicks, meaning Nathan Lyon could make way, but that seems a long shot.

There has been some speculation that James Pattinson, who was unavailable for the First Test due to suspension, could come into the XI, but Langer hinted changes were unlikely.

“The boys all played well, they had a day off having finished in four days,” Langer said.

“We haven’t had a look at the wicket yet, well make sure they get through training today but my gut feel is well probably go with the same XI.”

Australia relied on Steve Smith during the Ashes but managed 580 when the ex-skipper only scored 4 in a positive.

Travis Head was the only batsmen not to post a big score, dismissed for 24, having come back into the side after being dropped for the final Ashes Test.

“It’s often a really hard time to come into bat,” Langer said about Head who came to the crease with Australia at 4-468.

“But I was impressed. He was sharp, he was busy, he played well and got a pretty unlucky dismissal down the leg side.

“One of the reasons we selected him in the squad is we knew the second Test was in Adelaide.”

The Pakistan XI remains unclear although captain Azhar Ali indicated they would likely make changes.

Ben somerford
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