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Langer looking forward to Pakistan match, praises Babar Azam


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Australia coach Justin Langer is confident his side can once again establish themselves as the best T20 team in the world.

Australia booked their place in the last four by registering an eight-wicket win over the West Indies on Saturday that secured a second spot in Group 1 of the competition's Super 12 phase.

"Not that long ago we were the best team in the world and some of that cricket shows we can be the best team in the world," Langer told reporters.

"I think England are leading the way at the moment and we've got exciting prospects. We're taking great lessons from this tournament on how we can continue to play T20 cricket now, for this tournament, and moving forward," he said.

Australia suffered an eight-wicket loss to England earlier in the group stage – their only defeat – but Langer’s side bounced back with convincing victories over Bangladesh and the Windies.

“I think our last few games have been outstanding cricket. It was quite a sobering experience against England. We knew we had to do some work and the way the boys responded to that has been brilliant, so it’s nice to be in the semi-final,”

The Australian coach also had words of praise for skipper Babar Azam and told reporters he looks forward to the clash in Dubai.

"They've got a good all-round team, like we have, and they're well-led. Their captain, Babar Azam, is a superstar of the game. They've some good pace bowlers and they've a couple of good spinners, so they're a well-balanced side like we are, so it should be a great game of cricket," he added.