David Warner acknowledges that the coach lost numerous important members of the team but calls Cricket Australia’s decision to only award Justin Langer a six-month contract a “kick in the face.”
The second season of The Test documentary, which will be made available on Friday on Prime Video, has a major focus on the events leading up to and following Langer’s resignation as coach last year.
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Langer left at the end of the previous summer after Cricket Australia (CA) took note of complaints about the coach’s ferocity near the end of his initial four-year contract. He was presented with a brand-new, six-month contract with no option of extension, which he quickly turned down and resigned from.
Since then, Langer has expressed his fury at the circumstance in numerous interviews and writings before the start of the Test summer.
Warner’s remarks came after Tim Paine called the short contract “embarrassing,” “unprofessional,” and “a disgrace” in his memoirs, stating CA took the easy way out knowing Langer would not accept it.
“He wanted to keep coaching. “It was a bit of a kick in the face to offer him a six-month contract,” David Warner says in the documentary.
“Justin Langer lost a fair few players,”: David Warner
David Warner nevertheless revealed the team’s internal dynamics. Warner remarked, “He lost a fair few players, and probably the wrong players.”
The documentary has the players being open about the Langer matter, and captain Pat Cummins said this week that his hope is that it can give context and lessen any lingering public resentment over the matter.
Cummins claims that players were “walking on eggshells” around the coach in the first episode of the show, while Usman Khawaja adds that others were terrified of Langer.
Nathan Lyon acknowledges that Langer, a former Test opener known for riding every ball, was up-and-down and difficult for him to manage. However, players also clearly demonstrate Langer’s important role in the national team’s public relations resurgence and recovery from the ball-tampering controversy.