England tour ‘a great dress rehearsal’ for reception in South Africa – Justin Langer

Australia coach Justin Langer has hailed Steve Smith and David Warner’s “brilliant reintegration” into the national team, and suggested that last year’s tour to England had been a “great dress rehearsal” ahead of his side’s return to South Africa for the first time since the Newlands scandal in March 2018.

Langer replaced Darren Lehmann as coach in May 2018 at a time of uncertainty, with Cricket Australia seeking to improve the game’s image and the national team’s culture amid the fall-out from ‘Sandpapergate’, and he has spoken at length about the way his side play the game throughout his tenure.

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“It was obviously a very hard tour last time,” Langer said. “It gave us a great opportunity to reassess where we are in Australian cricket. We talk about making Australians proud of us again and earning respect – not only from the…

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