Reject Langer named Australian domestic One-day player
Published: Friday, February 21, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
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Perth (Australia): Australia's Test opener Justin Langer won a consolation prize on Friday for his failure to gain selection in the World Cup One-day squad. The 32-year-old little left-hander from Western Australia was named by officials as One-day 'player-of-the-summer' in the inter-state domestic competition. In qualifying matches, Langer polled 18 votes, one more than South Australia's Greg Blewett, with Queenslander Jimmy Maher third on 16. Langer has played in 59 Tests, but only eight One-day Internationals. He scored 431 runs in seven domestic One-dayers this season at an average of 86.2. "My aim was to make the World Cup. That didn't happen, but it is nice to get this accolade," Langer said. Langer will lead Western Australia on Sunday against a powerful New South Wales side - including Test captain Steve Waugh and his brother Mark Waugh - in the final of the domestic Limited Overs contest at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) ground.