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Dad's Army to lessen by one more?

Justin Langer's father says that the opener may hang up his boots too, which may continue the great Aussie exodus.

December 31, 2006, 12:45 PM IST
Dad's Army to lessen by one more?

New Delhi: While Damien Martyn dropped a bomb on the cricketing world by announcing his sudden retirement, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath bowed out of the game, Justin Langer's father says that the opener may hang up his boots too, which may continue the great Aussie exodus.

Although Langer has continued to deny the speculation, his father told Australian daily The Age, "He is not going to hang on for the sake of hanging on."

"He's been privileged to play for his country for 104 Test matches. The way he's gone about his career has been a thrill for his family. To see the effort that's had to be put in, the effort no one really sees," Colin Langer said.

"To see what he's done to try to get fit for this series, it's just been unbelievable, the physical effort, the time he spends with his batting coach. People don't see all that, but we do," he added.

Langer, 35, has scored 7,650 runs on 104 Test matches, but was never able to stamp his presence in One-Day cricket, being either perceived as a Test match player, or was continuously overlooked.

Starting his career as a No 3 batsman, Langer was promoted to open the innings and established two of the better opening partnerships with Michael Slater first and then Matthew Hayden, the latter proving to be perhaps the best ever not just for Australia, but the world over.

"He's a tremendous character to have within the team with a set of values which he's admired for," Australia coach John Buchanan said. "He believes in all the traditions of the game and, really, in many ways, he's the epitome of the Baggy Green cap."

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