Justin Langer’s hundred verus New Zealand

An excellent hundred, albeit against a New Zealand team in decline. Their “attack” doesn’t stand up to much, especially against one of the best batting lineups in the last 20 years.

Langer recorded his 20th Test Century – a very special achievment, joining The Elite; Ponting, Inzy, Richards, Boon, Boycott, Tendulkar, Gavaskar….Lara, of course. To name but a few.

[These snippets via Cricinfo]

On the heat
I feel pretty good and we’re in a pretty good position. I started cramping – I tend to do that at Adelaide – after lunch and that probably affected my concentration. But that went away and I felt pretty good.

On the century
I don’t think it’s one of my best. Besides the first couple of overs and a couple with the second new ball, it was a gritty innings. But my balance was really good because footwork is one area of my game that I’ve had to improve over the last 12 to 18 months.

On it being his 20th hundred
Statistics are a really funny thing in cricket. When you are playing the game they mean a lot. I spoke to Tugga [Steve Waugh] a couple of months ago and he said that in retirement statistics mean nothing. While I’m playing and getting paid to score runs it means I hopefully get a game next week.

On the pitch
It’s a very good wicket and is actually getting more carry than I’ve seen before. I’m not sure it’s going to get up and down. We’re going to have to give ourselves plenty of time to get 20 New Zealand wickets.

On Hayden’s caught-and-bowled
It was a big banging double noise so he must have thought that he’d thumped it into the ground. He was probably hoping it was a bump ball because he was starting to hit it pretty well. I thought it was out.

On using the third umpire for a catch
I’m not saying it was obvious, but it looked to me that it was it probably out. The umpires did the right thing. If the technology is there they might as well use it.

On New Zealand’s performance
They fought hard all day. Jacob Oram is an outstanding cricketer to bowl that economically on that track. Chris Martin runs in hard all day and hasn’t had that much luck, but definitely has the spirit.

On their mood in the field
They were a bit quiet, but I’m not sure how they play. They had a tough week last week, it was 38 degrees or so, they lost the toss on a good wicket. They did an admirable job.

On his run-burst in the first two overs
I keep telling Haydos that he’s the blocker and I am the aggressor. I can’t believe he’s playing one-day cricket and I’m not. [The rooms laughs loudly] He knows how I feel about this.