Happy Birthday Justin Langer – One Of Australia’s Most Successful Opening Batsman

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Happy Birthday Justin Langer – One Of Australia’s Most Successful Opening Batsman
Happy Birthday Justin Langer – One Of Australia’s Most Successful Opening Batsman

Former Australian batsman Justin Lee Langer was born on November 21, 1970, in Perth, Australia.

He made his first-class debut in the 1991–92 season for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield. Following his good performances for his state team, he was picked up in the Australian Test squad against West Indies in 1992-93.

He was a traditional Test opener known more for his ability to wear bowlers out than for dashing stroke play. He and Matthew Hayden were considered one of the best opening pairs ever to play for Down Under. After being hit on the helmet by Ian Bishop on debut, Langer managed to play only eight Test matches during the first six years of his international career.

He made his comeback to bat at number three in the 2001 Ashes series. After missing the first four Tests, he replaced Michael Slater in the opening slot to score a century in the final match. Langer went on to score two more centuries in two successive Test matches to secure his place in the Australian team.

Following that, he and Hayden continued to open the innings until 2006-07. Langer played in 105 Test matches and aggregated 7,696 runs at an average of 45.27.

He also represented Middlesex and Somerset in English county cricket. As he was not known for batting adventurously, he featured in only eight ODIs and 41 T20Is for Aussies.

Langer announced his retirement after the fifth and final Ashes Test against England on January 1, 2007, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. His highest score was 250 which came against England at Melbourne Cricket Ground in the 2002 Ashes series.

Currently, Langer serves as the head coach of the Australian Test squad.

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