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Usman Khawaja’s catch of Virat Kohli one of Justin Langer’s favourite Test moments

Australia's Usman Khawaja, right, celebrates with his teammates after taking a catch to dismiss India's Virat Kohli during the first cricket test between Australia and India in Adelaide
Australia's Usman Khawaja, right, celebrates with his teammates after taking a catch to dismiss India's Virat Kohli during the first cricket test between Australia and India in Adelaide Usman Khawaja took an absolute peach to brush aside Virat Kohli within the first Check at Adelaide. (Supply: AP)

Nearly 25 years after his Check debut, Australia trainer Justin Langer has discovered any other addition to his perfect moments from Check cricket. And it didn’t contain Langer at the box however Usman Khawaja – a participant who he helped grow to be and a participant who took all of the applause for a ravishing catch to brush aside Virat Kohli in Adelaide on Thursday. The catch, taken at gully, has been labelled as “one among my favorite moments ever in my Check profession” by way of Langer and is fruits of months of bodily exertion.

For the reason that appointment of a health enthusiast Langer as trainer, Khawaja has shed 10 kilograms leading to increased athleticism an instance of which was once visual when the Aussie took the one-handed diving catch because the ball went flying off Kohli’s blade.

“It was once in truth one among my favorite moments ever in my Check profession, I reckon, for such a lot of causes,” Langer instructed cricket.com.au in a Fb Reside ahead of play on day two of the primary Check. “It’s the beginning of the Check sequence, it’s Kohli, an excellent get started for us, and with the entirety that’s been occurring with Uz.”

“And in addition, a very powerful factor for me, I received’t overlook simply after I used to be appointed (trainer), I used to be sitting within the driveway in my space, speaking to Uzzy about getting himself great and have compatibility so he may just run laborious between the wickets and box higher. So after I see him take a catch like that, I used to be over the moon – for him and for the staff.”

Langer identified that pledging to toughen one’s health is something, however with the ability to do it’s any other fully. “It simply is going to turn, that self-discipline,” he stated. “All of us discuss self-discipline, however for him to in truth put it into apply … I’m so happy for him, as he’s an excellent function type now for a large number of avid gamers round Australia.”

“And we’re seeing it now not simplest in his fielding but additionally in his batting. He’s batting lengthy classes of time, he’s batting in addition to ever. I’m actually happy for a large number of causes.”

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who was once assistant trainer along Langer on Australia’s excursion of the United Kingdom in June, introduced an perception into the “transparent route” the brand new trainer gave his avid gamers when he took over from Darren Lehmann. “I do know Justin’s philosophies on that kind of stuff and it’s truthful sufficient,” Ponting instructed cricket.com.au. “Those guys are extremely paid skilled athletes and when you’ve got days like this (on Thursday) when it’s 39 levels, it’s clearly going to be more straightforward getting round whilst you’re 10 pounds lighter.”

But even so the Khawaja brilliance, Pat Cummins too threw his hat within the ring for fielding effort of the day. The Aussie fast hit the stumps from facet on and whilst parallel to the bottom regardless of having bowled 19 overs in power sapping warmth. It earned hosts Australia the massive wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara who had scored 123 on the level. Langer showed the re-telling of giant moments had already began. “He may’ve despatched it out at the staff WhatsApp team remaining evening, and he may have despatched it to me remaining evening, simply reminding me how just right he’s,” Langer stated with a grin. “However whilst you do one thing particular like that, he can sing their own praises up to he needs.”

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