Justin Langer was one of the most crucial players in the Australian team when they dominated world cricket. His opening partnership with Matthew Hayden played a pivotal role in making the Aussie batting unit a powerhouse. Throughout his career, Langer delivered some of the remarkable batting performances which paved the way for victory on various occasions.
Let’s take a look at Justin Langer’s 3 best innings in Test cricket:
250 vs England, 2002
Justin Langer’s best batting performance came against England at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in the boxing day test. Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden brilliantly opened the innings. They added 195 runs on the board for the first wicket. Ultimately Australia put up 551/6d on the board in the first innings and Justin Langer scored 250 runs. This innings helped the Aussies put England under pressure and impose a follow-on. Eventually, Australia won the match by 5 wickets.
223 vs India, 2000
Another brilliant display from Langer which ensured a comfortable victory for Australia against India. Justin Langer played this innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the 3rd test match of the series against India. India batted first and managed to score only 150 runs. In reply, Australia scored 552/5d and took a massive lead. Justin Langer played a huge role in taking Australia to such a big total. The Aussies could not get off to a good start as the openers went back very quickly. Langer walked in at No.3 and stabilized the innings with Mark Waugh and Steve Waugh. Later his partnership with Ricky Ponting put Australia in a comfortable position and ultimately the Kangaroos clinched the match by an innings and 141 runs.
215 vs New Zealand, 2004
Justin Langer made his third and last double-century for Australia against New Zealand at Adelaide. Australia batted first and scored 575 runs before declaring. Langer scored 215 runs and the Australian batting order to a handsome first innings total. Hayden, Ponting, and Lehmann scored half-centuries to assist Langer in putting Australia in the front seat against their Trans-Tasman rivals. In the end, Australia won the match by 213 runs and Langer was adjudged the player of the match for his double century.