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How Justin Langer slipped up on centuries statistic

ESPNCricInfo
14 Sep 2018, 01:42 GMT+10

100s according to JL vs actual (all forms above A-grade):

Maxwell - 17 v 13

Head - 15 v 14

Finch - 41 v 28

Smith - 79 v 48

Warner - 88 v 53

- Patrick Kennedy (@KennedyP16) September 12, 2018

"At the end of the day, in Test cricket and there's a method to our madness, Glenn Maxwell is 30 years old and everything above A-grade cricket he's scored 17 hundreds," Langer told SEN Radio. "I'll put that in perspective for you, Steve Smith has scored 79 hundreds and David Warner's scored 88 so we all know Maxwell's a terrific bloke, he's a brilliant fieldsman, he's got talent to burn, but he's also a very frustrating cricketer because he needs to score more hundreds.

"Travis Head, for example, is six years younger than Maxwell and he's got 15 hundreds and white or red ball, he's a developing cricketer, he's a terrific young bloke, he's a captain of South Australia, has been for three years and incredibly impressive."

Among the many problems confronting Australian cricket in the year of Newlands, ball tampering, and a loss of public trust is the continuing role of the selectors. There are those within Cricket Australia who no longer believe in the concept of a selection panel, and there was a subtle downsizing that took place earlier this year when Mark Waugh resigned and was not replaced, meaning more selection power - specifically over the T20I team - now resides with Langer as coach.

But of even more importance is the fact that the players and the public are struggling more than ever to make sense of decisions made by the selectors, and respect the office bestowed upon Langer, Trevor Hohns and Greg Chappell by the Cricket Australia board. When the justifications put out through media avenues were based on incorrect information quoted repeatedly, that loss of public trust was only exacerbated further. It has only been a matter of days since CA launched a public relations campaign with the tagline "it's your game".

Of course, Langer is no-one's idea of lazy or unconscientious, and his image of tireless hard work and commitment to the cause was undoubtedly a factor in CA's decision to appoint him as Darren Lehmann's replacement on a four-year contract. But the oft-quoted line about great power being accompanied by great responsibility is accurate in this case, and the spotlight on Australia's head coach is far greater than anything Langer experienced in Western Australia from late 2012 to earlier this year, or as an assistant to Tim Nielsen and Mickey Arthur from 2009 to 2012.

Among the first things Langer said publicly as coach was about acknowledging the contrition of the suspended Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the context of making mistakes. He expanded to state that "every single person in Australian cricket" had areas in which to get better. Selection, though a tricky business, must be underpinned by sound and correct reasoning.

When contacted, Cricket Australia declined to comment.

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