The ghost of Justin Langer’s coaching career is set to loom over the summer test with the former mentor who has railed against delayed comments from senior players, leaks and the Cricket Australia board.
With Australia’s first Test against the West Indies just a week away, Langer claimed those who campaigned against him were cowards and insisted the majority of players supported him.
The former manager also wondered how he didn’t receive a proper extension beyond the six months offered at the end of last summer, after winning the Twenty20 and Ashes World Cup.
This precedes Langer joining the Seven Network’s commentary team this summer, making the story likely to be a recurring theme throughout the season.
In a lengthy podcast interview, Langer praised former captain Tim Paine’s comments while lamenting that he thought current leader Pat Cummins and white ball skipper Aaron Finch took longer. to be direct.
“I spoke to Pat Cummins. He said to me about five times, ‘That could be brutally honest,'” Langer recalled to Code Sports.
“I said, ‘Pat, there’s nothing blunt about your comments. What is brutal is that I hear it behind my back through the media or sources”.
“Nobody tells me. Tell me.
“People say I’m very intense, but they confuse intensity with honesty.”
Langer said he was tired of leaks around his future, adamant it was different from what the players were telling him.
It first became apparent that Langer was under pressure to keep his job more than 12 months after his eventual exit, when rumblings began to surface around his intense nature.
“Everyone was nice to me, but I was reading about it,” Langer said.
“A lot of journalists use the word ‘source’. I would say, change that word to ‘loose’.
“Because you mean by a source?
“They either have an ax to settle with someone and they won’t come and tell you to your face, or they’re just leaking stuff for their own agenda.”
Langer remains adamant that he acted on player feedback ahead of last year’s T20 World Cup victory, and he should have been rewarded with a proper extension.
In contrast, others claim that Langer took a prominent place at the back of the World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and that the assistants and players were the driving force.
But Langer said his situation was like a player wanting to improve in a format, play the starring role in it, and then be fired because the coaches liked someone else better regardless.
“The hardest thing for me was: I got the feedback (and) I did something about it,” Langer said.
“We won the T20 World Cup, we won the Ashes. We were world No. 1… And I was sacked again.
“You can’t give someone feedback, do something about it, and then it will happen.”
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