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Langer eager to play for Aussies in Ashes

The former Australia opener wants to come out of international retirement.

Press Trust Of India |July 25, 2009, 11:20 AM IST
Langer eager to play for Aussies in Ashes

London: Former Australia opener Justin Langer on Friday expressed his desire to come out of international retirement and play in the ongoing Ashes series against England, putting Phil Hughes under immense pressure.

Hughes, who had a fantastic series in South Africa and a hugely successful county season with Middlesex where he scored three centuries in as many matches, has come a cropper in the Ashes series so far.

The opener scored 36 in the first Test and managed just 4 and 17 in the two innings of the second Test at Lord's which England won by 115 runs to lead the five match series 1-0.

In comparison, left-arm opener Langer, who retired from international cricket 19 months ago, is still going strong and recently eclipsed Don Bradman's 28,067 runs to become the highest Australian scorer in first-class cricket.

The 38-year-old admitted watching the Ashes series has whetted his appetite to come out of retirement.

"One of the boys in the changing room said to me, 'If they asked you to play tomorrow, how much would it take?' I replied that I would play the third Test for Australia next week for nothing. I do miss Test cricket," Langer was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Langer said the first time he missed Test cricket following his retirement was when Australia took on South Africa last year.

"I miss the big series. I missed being involved in Australia-South Africa last summer.

"That was the first time I got pangs to be back out there. And it is exactly the same with the Ashes. I miss the hype," said Langer.

"And I also miss the challenge of playing against Andrew Flintoff. That is what it's all about. That's the great test for a batsman. I really miss those sort of battles. There's a lot I don't miss, but I'd play in the Ashes tomorrow if I was asked."

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