Ahead of Tuesday’s match between Australia and England at the Lord’s, Aussie coach Justin Langer praised Jos Butler and called him the ‘New Dhoni of Cricket’ in an interview with Cricket Australia.
The combative Langer did, however, find it difficult to hide his excitement at his side’s upcoming encounter with Ashes rivals England at the traditional home of cricket, Lord’s.
“Jos is an unbelievable player. I love watching him bat. He is the new Dhoni of world cricket,” said Langer.
“I hope he gets a duck in this (Tuesday’s) game obviously, but I saw him at Somerset and he is an unbelievable athlete and an incredible finisher,” the Australian coach added on the eve of their World Cup match against England.
The former 5-days specialist batsmen also labelled England favourites.
“Look at their team,” he said. “Nothing has changed in a week.”
However, he also emphasized that he wants his teams to build the innings steadily, unlike England, who are much more aggressive with the bat.
“We got 381. It’s been a long time since we got 381, there’s been a lot of critics saying we can’t do that,” he said.
“I’ve maintained that the whole time if we stick to our game-plan and the conditions are right, we’ll get scores that are enough to win games of cricket and we’ve done that for the last six months or so and we’ll hopefully keep doing that.
“We’ve played some really good games in this tournament without playing our best game still and we’ve got Davey (Warner) and Aaron Finch making big hundreds up front – exactly what England have been doing for the last few years.
“We’ve got guys in the middle who are doing well, we’ve got adaptability in our team which I keep saying is a strength, not a weakness.
“It’s not just (about) what’s clicked the last few games, it’s been what’s clicked for the last few months and that’s exciting for us.”