‘Ultimate goal is to beat India in their backyard’, says Justin Langer

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 02: Justin Langer, coach of the Warriors looks on after the Matador BBQs One Day Cup match between Western Australia and South Australia at WACA on October 2, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE: Reclaiming the top spot in Test cricket has brought smiles back on their faces but Australia coach Justin Langer says beating India in their own den remains the ultimate test and their numero uno status will be put to test when they clash with the Virat Kohli-led team.

After a tumultuous transition phase post the ball-tampering scandal, Australia on Friday displaced India as number one side in Test format but Langer is aware that it does not take long for situation to change. “We recognise how fluid these rankings are, but at this time it was certainly nice to put a smile on our faces,” Langer told Cricket Australia website.

“We’ve got lots of work to do to get to be the team that we want to be, but hopefully over the last couple of years not only have we performed well on the field, but also off the field,” Langer added.

“Certainly a goal for us has been the World Test Championship … but ultimately, we have to beat India in India and we’ve got to beat them when they come back (to Australia).

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