Justin Langer confident silverware will come for Somerset
JUSTIN Langer believes the culture and standards in place at Somerset mean it is inevitable the county will end their wait for a trophy before too long.
The former Australia opener and Somerset skipper was back with the squad yesterday, making the fruitless trip to Cardiff for last night's scheduled CB40 game against Welsh Dragons, which was abandoned without a ball bowled.
He, his wife and children also visited Taunton and Hampton Beauchamp, the village they made their home during Langer's four-year stint at Somerset.
And, after spending some time in the nets with the Somerset squad as they waited for the umpires to call the match off last night, Langer spoke of his admiration for the county's approach.
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Somerset have reached the last three domestic Twenty20 finals, losing all three, as well as losing back-to-back CB40 finals. They face Essex in the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals at Taunton on July 24 – and Langer, pictured, is confident Somerset will soon find themselves among the honours again, having last won a trophy in 2005.
"Essex are a good side on paper, but Somerset have shown for all these years that they keep scrapping, they keep making the finals," said Langer, who is now the batting coach and assistant coach for Australia.
"A lot of people say they haven't won any silverware, but I tell you what, they will be the envy of many counties. They are such a powerhouse county in the first division and have been for five or six years now, so they should be very proud of their achievements.
"I'm sure there are lots of counties out there who would wish they had made one final in the last few years – Somerset have made lots of finals.
"They have got to take that one next step – but if they keep doing what they're doing, keep working hard and keep building that great culture they've got, the silverware will follow.
"Culture is sustainable – performance isn't. Even Sir Donald Bradman had fluctuations in performance, but you can sustain your culture. I went back to Somerset today and the place was buzzing – and that's about the culture.
"I came back last summer and it was inspiring walking back into the Somerset changing room – the place was buzzing. I'd never seen that in a county cricket club and the leaders of the club should be very proud of that."
Last night's call-off gave Somerset their first point in this season's CB40 – after four straight losses.
But they remain in contention in both the LV= County Championship and Twenty20 despite a raft of injuries and problems relating to the availability of their overseas players.
"What I really admire about Somerset is that they keep fighting," said Langer.