Aussies to flourish under JL: Cartwright

WA allrounder expects Australia's new coach to be a breath of fresh air in the dressing room and bring out the best in his players


17 May 2018, 10:11 AM AEST

Test allrounder Hilton Cartwright says Australia's players will flourish under the coaching of Justin Langer, but warned them not to get on his bad side.

Langer will oversee his first tour since replacing Darren Lehmann next month, on the five-match one-day Qantas Tour of England.

The 47-year-old, who played in 105 Tests, is tasked not only with improving results away from home but restoring the team's tattered international reputation following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

Cartwright said his former Western Australia coach will be a breath of fresh air in the dressing room and bring out the best in the players but won't tolerate those who refuse to buy into his way of thinking.

"When he first came in he was very firm with a lot of people and rightly so. Let's just say he got his point across," Cartwright said.

"If you have the talent the Australian team has and put it with his mindset it's going to be hard not to get results.

"The effort and time he puts into players is fantastic. You don't win over 100 caps without knowing about hard work.

"That combination of hard work and talent is going to be as good as you will see from a coaching perspective."

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Langer enjoyed a hugely successful five-year spell as WA coach, guiding the team to three KFC Big Bash titles, two JLT Cups and finishing runners-up twice in the Sheffield Shield.

"The way he manages players is exceptional," Cartwright said.

"He understands all parts of their game and knows how to make them a better player.

"Look at Adam Voges. He was always a super talented player but after two years of Justin coaching him, the next thing you know he's debuting for Australia at 34 or 35.

"If you can see the light in someone at that age, it's a pretty big example of how he can evolve players even when they are at the latter end of their career."

Cartwright, who's spending the northern summer playing for Middlesex, flourished under Langer.

A strong 2016/17 season earned him a Baggy Green when he debuted against Pakistan at the SCG in the January Test.

He was also named the Bradman Young Cricketer of The Year, earning him a spot on the tour to Bangladesh last year.

But after registering two low scores against India in last September's ODI series and struggling in state cricket, Cartwright lost his Cricket Australia contract last month.

Cartwright celebrates a wicket for Middlesex // Getty
Cartwright celebrates a wicket for Middlesex // Getty

The personable 26-year-old hasn't given up on getting back into the fold for next year's World Cup in England and is hoping the experience of playing county cricket will help his cause.

"For me, getting dropped for a series was hard, just like it is for anyone," he said.

"The hardest thing that happens is that you try too hard and do too many things.

"I fell into that trap - you're trying too hard and trying to impress everyone. But that can be your own downfall."

Qantas tours of England and Zimbabwe

ODI squad: Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye

T20 squad: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth

Qantas Tour of England

June 7: Warm-up v Sussex, Hove (D/N)

June 9: Warm-up v Middlesex, Lord's

June 13: First ODI, The Oval (D/N)

June 16: Second ODI, Cardiff

June 19: Third ODI, Trent Bridge (D/N)

June 21: Fourth ODI, Durham (D/N)

June 24: Fifth ODI, Old Trafford

June 27: Only T20, Edgbaston (D/N)

Qantas T20I tri-series Tour of Zimbabwe

Sunday, July 1: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

Monday, July 2: Pakistan vs Australia

Tuesday, July 3: Australia vs Zimbabwe

Wednesday, July 4: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

Thursday, July 5: Pakistan vs Australia