Two more years to go, but Australian coach Justin Langer says he has begun building the battle-hardened, mature squad that would be able to challenge formidable India at home in the 2022 test series.
Langer, who took over as Australia's coach in May 2018 shortly after the South African ball tampering episode, closely watched India dominate at home in the longest format with one goal in mind – having a mature squad enough to fight world no.1 Test team.
Kohli's men recorded their 11th consecutive home win when they defeated South Africa last month at home.
"It reminds me of how difficult it is for sure," Langer told ESPNcricinfo.
"It has always been hard to win in India. But that's the expectation and we still have a few years to find that maturity. I'm talking about being kind, hardened for battle and as ready as possible for this series," he said.
The 2022 Archival Series will be held between September and November and will include four T20 tests and three T20 internationals, according to the current upcoming excursion program. Langer had talked about the ultimate goal of defeating India in India when he was named Australia's coach.
"If I move on, the Indian tour against India, the test tour three or four years from now, that's for me. We'll judge ourselves as a great cricket team if we beat India in India," he had said.
Since the 48-year-old took command, Australia has had an inconsistent race. They lost a home run to India before defeating Sri Lanka, but managed to retain Ashes after playing England earlier this year.
“I think it was an indication of the maturity of our team. I don't mean maturity in age, but getting together as a group takes a lot of skill, but it takes time, great stamina and mental toughness to be able to back up repeatedly, ”he said.
"When you go through that, I'd like to see more of that consistency, but I see it from a broader point of view, it means we have areas where we can keep improving."