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'Versatility's important', says coach Justin Langer ahead of announcing Australia's World Cup squad

Langer admitted that announcement of the squad will leave some players 'brutally unlucky' but the recent performances have helped them instead of hindering the selection process.

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Published on: April 01, 2019 16:42 IST
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The Australian World Cup squad will be announced on April 9.

Australia coach Justin Langer has put emphasis on the importance of versatility of the players ahead of announcing World Cup squad which is set to be picked on April 9.

Openers, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja put up stunning performances against Pakistan and where the skipper led the Aussies to clean sweep the five-match series to register their first whitewash abroad since 2008.

David Warner too proved himself as he scored 100 runs off just 55 balls in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) making it tough for the selectors to pick their opening pair.

"Aaron has had a really good partnership with David Warner as well. This partnership's blossoming between Aaron and 'Uzzie' at the moment," Cricket.com.au quoted Langer as saying.

"David has shown he's a very versatile player, Uzzie's batted three a number of times, Finchy's batted in the middle order. Versatility's important," he added.

The former Test batsman admitted that announcement of the squad will leave some players "brutally unlucky" but the recent performances have helped them instead of hindering the selection process.

"It's actually becoming more obvious by the day to me. The same with the other selectors," Langer said of picking the World Cup squad. "We know categorically there are going to be one or two guys brutally unlucky not to get selected because they're all going so well ... the blokes in the squad at the moment will be praying it's not them."

The World Cup is set to commence on May 30 with England facing South Africa in the opener, while Australia will play their opening match against West Indies on June 6.

(With ANI Inputs)

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