The current situation is an opportunity to fix Australia's state cricket and club setups, feels Justin Langer.
MELBOURNE: Australia coach Justin Langer is looking at the COVID-19 Pandemic as an incredible opportunity to fix the problems that have infiltrated the country's thriving club and state-level configurations.
There was a time when the country would deploy an 'A' squad alongside its core team for a limited annual triangular series of overs in the Australian summer.
It wasn't that long ago that we pride ourselves on having an amazing club Cricket system that fed into state domestic Cricket , which fed into the best of the best playing for Australia," Langer told ABC Grandstand on Fox Sports.
"I see it (the current situation) as an amazing opportunity. I can see it (domestic Cricket setup) actually going back that way.
"More emphasis back on club Cricket , more emphasis on state Cricket then get the best of the best in Australia. That would be my vision for the next five years," the former opener, who played at a time when Australia were a dominant force in world Cricket , added.
Under normal circumstances, Australian players would have met in Brisbane before flying to Bangladesh for a series of two test matches.
But like all other sporting events, the pandemic has also led to the postponement of that tour.
We have to make sure that everyone is in top condition. In fact, I can't wait to see how they return without all the bells and whistles ... it's going to be a very good indication of hunger. Strong and self-sufficient players, the coach said.
Under Langer's guidance, Australia recently took the number one spot in Testing at India's expense.
Langer has been offering feedback regularly for Cricket australia CEO Kevin Roberts' discussions with staff, while keeping in touch with the players and helping them with their advice amid this pandemic.
We have to keep moving the ship in the right direction ... our boys return from their license on May 18.