Langer - I miss Test cricket
Justin Langer has admitted he would come out of international retirement if Australia asked him to play in the Ashes.
Last Updated: 24/07/09 12:41pm
Somerset batsman Justin Langer has admitted he would come out of international retirement to play for Australia in the Ashes.
The 38-year-old, who decided to focus solely on county cricket in 2007, made headlines this week as he surpassed Sir Donald Bradman as the highest-scoring Australian in first-class cricket.
And while he says there is plenty he does not miss about the international game, he has revealed that he would relish the chance to play in the biggest matches again.
"I do miss Test cricket," he said. "I miss the big series.
"I really missed the Australia-South Africa series last summer.
"I was doing a bit of commentary work and I was reading up about Dale Steyn and this great South African attack.
"It was the first time I got pangs to really be back out there - and it is exactly the same with the Ashes.
"One of the boys in the Somerset changing room asked me, 'If they asked you to play tomorrow, how much would it take?' and I said I would play the third Test for Australia next week for nothing."
He added: "When you have played that much, you miss the big Tests. I miss the hype of the Ashes series.
"I also miss the challenge of playing against Andrew Flintoff. That is what it is all about. That is the great test for batsmen. I really miss being in those sort of battles.
"I miss Test cricket. There is a lot I don't miss about it but these big series - I'd play tomorrow if I was asked."
Australia currently trail 1-0 in the Ashes series after England clung on for a draw in Cardiff before recording a convincing victory at Lord's.
However, Kevin Pietersen has now been ruled out of the remaining three Tests while Flintoff continues to struggle with his fitness, and Langer feels that could give Australia the boost they need to turn the series around.
"They have got a big job ahead of them but there is no doubt that they can come back," he said.
"The Pietersen injury is a huge blow for England, not unlike Glenn McGrath's injury in the 2005 series.
"Kevin has not made a lot of runs in the series but Australia know he and Flintoff are the two dangermen of the England side.
"I think Australia will take some confidence from that."