We were outplayed: Langer
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:JL Langer
Event:Champions League 2009/10

DateLine: 18th October 2009


Somerset captain Justin Langer admitted that his side had not deserved to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League T20. The English county side's campaign ended with a six-wicket defeat to New South Wales in Hyderabad.


Somerset's top order failed to fire as they limped to 111 for seven, a total the Blues eased past with 49 balls to spare.


"We have been outplayed for a lot of the tournament actually," said Langer who was playing his final competitive game following a 19-year career.


"It's really disappointing for our fans back home and it's disappointing for a team that has had a very good couple of seasons in England.


"But it has been an eye-opener for some our guys and a very good learning experience.


"It was such a wonderful opportunity for some our young guys to be here in India and playing against world-class opposition."


"We did lose our way at the start, but to be fair, we were up against a world-class bowling attack," Langer added.


"Brett Lee is bowling as well as ever and looks extremely fit and the other bowlers, Stuart Clark, Doug Bollinger, Moises Henriques and Nathan Hauritz, bowled beautifully.


"They outplayed us throughout the game.


"It was an excellent wicket and the outfield is as good as anywhere in the world.


"Sadly we haven't played out best cricket, but we will work on that in the future."


The loss brought an end to the former Australia opener's time with the county and also ended his career from all forms of the game.


"Yes, this is my final competitive game," the 38-year-old said.


"It's a little sad, but having said that I've played for a long time now and in my heart of hearts I know its time.


"It's nice to finish off in India, playing in the toughest conditions I've ever played in."