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Ashes: Former Australia batsman Justin Langer believes continuity is the key

Justin Langer believes consistency England's Ashes success

Justin Langer: Was part of a settled and successful Australia side

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Former Australia opening batsman Justin Langer believes continuity is a crucial part of a successful team using the all-conquering Australia side of the 1990's and early 2000's and the current England side as prime examples.

With England having arrived Down Under ahead of the start of the Ashes series next month, Langer admits that Australia used to laugh at England for the regularity with which they seemed to change their team.

The left-hander thinks the shoe is one the other foot now, however, with Michael Clarke's side altering their XI for each of the summer's five Tests.

Laugh

"We used to laugh at England, as England are probably laughing at Australia at the moment because once upon a time in series gone by we could believe how many times England chopped and changed the team," Langer told Sky Sports.

"They chopped and changed batsmen and it was all over the place, whereas we were always quite a settled team.

"As a player that was quite tough - it was good if you were in the team - but if you were trying to get into the team it was quite frustrating. That continuity was very important and a hallmark of Australia's success. I think it's a hallmark of England's success at the moment."

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