Patrick Cummins appeared a bit downcast for the captain of a team that had just cleared the old foe.
But with a war of words raging off the pitch and having been called up by his former coach, the pace ace has a lot to do as he prepares to face the West Indies in the first Test of the summer at Perth in a few days.
Cummins, 29, was pictured having lunch in Bronte Beach on Wednesday with his glamorous wife Becky Boston, whom he married in July.
The photos were taken the day after a mammoth opening partnership between Travis Head and David Warner propelled Australia to a record 221 runs against England.
Cummins stepped in with two top-notch wickets, trapping fly-half Jason Roy in front before trapping Sam Billings caught and thrown.
The win saw the Aussies beat England 3-0 ODI, two-time white ball world champions.
But the glow of the series victory was short-lived, with attention on the national side quickly turning after a war of words erupted between Cricket Australia and Justin Langer.
Langer made headlines on Wednesday when he lashed out at officials over his February dismissal, while accusing players of not being candid with him soon enough.
The ex-manager also claimed the majority of players support him, while calling sources who raised concerns about his intense nature to the media ‘cowards’ with agendas.
Langer welcomed comments from former Test captain Tim Paine but said others, including Cummins and Aaron Finch, should have been candid earlier.
“I spoke to Pat Cummins. He said to me about five times, ‘That could be brutally honest,'” Langer told the Back Chat podcast.
“I said, ‘Pat, there’s nothing brutal about your comments. What’s brutal is that I hear it behind my back through the media or from sources’.
“Nobody tells me. Tell me.
“People say I’m very intense, but they confuse intensity with honesty.”
The drama, which comes after Australia’s disappointing T20 World Cup campaign and Cummins’ boycott of Alinta Energy adverts, coincides with concerns of a rift between current and former players over Langer’s exit , centered on whether the players should have stood by the coach.
Langer insisted he was not an angry coach and that the players misinterpreted his silence and reflection after defeats.
He also claimed that there had been no mutiny against him beyond a few loud voices, and said emphatically that he deserved more than six months of extension after the successes of the T20 World Cup and the ashes.
“The hardest thing for me out of all of this was, I got the feedback (and) did something about it,” Langer said.
“We won the T20 World Cup, we won the Ashes. We were No. 1 in the world… And I was fired anyway.
“You can’t give someone feedback, (they) do something about it, and then (to) make it happen.”
After largely maintaining an eight-month silence on Langer’s exit, CA general manager Nick Hockley dismissed the former coach’s criticism and decided to defend the senior players.
“Regular formal and informal opportunities to provide and receive feedback have occurred throughout his tenure, which is consistent with a high performance environment,” Hockley said.
“Following a thorough process, Justin was offered a short-term contract extension, which he rejected.
“I’m disappointed with Justin’s comments unfairly criticizing some of our players. The squad is aware that they have my full support.
The drama comes a week after Australia’s first Test against West Indies in Perth, where Langer enjoys strong hometown support.
The former coach will also enter the commentary box for the first time with Seven.
With the AAP
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