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Series win in India will be a pinnacle: Langer

Published: Friday, September 24, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai:Echoing the views of his retired captain Steve Waugh, seasoned Australian opener Justin Langer today said beating India in India in a Test series would signify the pinnacle of the careers of the visiting team's players.

"It is a challenge we have set for ourselves to beat India who are a very good side. They have got some great players. To beat India in India will be the pinnacle of our careers," Langer told reporters here today on arrival from Australia via Singapore.

Langer flew in along with teammate Nathan Huaritz and chairman of the Australian selection panel Trevor Hohns. ace leg spinner Shane Warne and his understudy Cameron White, who were to come with them, missed the connecting flight at Singapore and are scheduled to reach late tonight.

The main tour party, led by wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, is scheduled to arrive from England tomorrow morning.

Langer, who tasted moderate success when the team led by Waugh visited and lost the unforgettable Test series to hosts India 1-2 in 2001, said he loved to visit the country and taste its different culture. "I love India. Last time it was a great experience seeing the different culture and the passion of the people for cricket."

"Although I had good success against India in Australia (in 2003-04), my last tour to India was only reasonably moderate. It was not a failure, but it was not a great tour (from personal point of view)," the left-handed batsman said.

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