Former Australia captain Michael Clarke wants Test captain Pat Cummins to “voice his opinion” on the Justin Langer saga. He said that Cricket Australia (CA) needs to allow Cummins to be “open and honest” so that he doesn’t get blamed for Langer’s resignation.
On Saturday, Justin Langer stepped down as the head coach of Australia after he was offered a short-term extension to a contract that expires in June.
“On Friday night, I was offered a short-term contract until the end of the T20 World Cup in Australia, with the sentiment of “going out on a high, After careful consideration, I have decided not to accept this contract renewal, and as a result, I believe it is in everyone’s best interests for the Australian cricket team to begin the next chapter immediately,” Langer had said.
Meanwhile, Clarke told SEN radio that the “squeaky-clean” reputation of Pat Cummins has taken a hit after Langer stepped down from his role.
“The Australian public aren’t stupid and this is my point with Pat Cummins, His reputation is squeaky-clean. Right now it has taken a hit until he stands there and voices his opinion. Look what Mitchell Johnson said about Pat Cummins. A teammate, a friend of his has smoked him. My advice to Patty is he has got to stand there. He needs to tell the fans where he sits on this because everyone thinks it is Patty who made the decision. That accountability sits with him,” Michael Clarke said.
Former Australia captain added that Cummins needs to come out and make his opinion very clear because a lot of people are bashing him.
“He is trying to honour both parties and has done it very well. He is trying to look after Cricket Australia. I don’t like seeing Pat get smacked for this because I think he is in a lose-lose situation. He sits right in the middle. Patty needs to come out and make his opinion very clear,” Clarke said on SEN.
“Cricket Australia have to allow him to be open and honest, otherwise he will be blamed for this. A lot of people are smashing him for this,” he said.
You’ve got past legends fuming with how a 100-Test player and very successful coach has been treated – Michael Clarke
Clarke also highlighted that the Australian legends like Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Mark Taylor and Mitchell Johnson, have come out in support of Justin Langer because of his poor treatment by Cricket Australia.
“I saw Mitchell Johnson’s comments, he smoked him. I think a lot of people are thinking what Mitch is thinking. You’ve got the likes of Mark Taylor talking about it, Steve Waugh making comments, Ricky Ponting’s comments are very strong.”
“When Steve Waugh comes out and says something that’s big. He’s not paid by anyone. For him to come out and make a comment, this thing is heavy, You’ve got past legends fuming with how a 100-Test player and very successful coach has been treated. Im suggesting to Pat Cummins as the leader, he needs to stand tall and explain to past players – Mitchell Johnson, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden – plus the fans and cricket lovers, what the hell is going on here?” Clarke stated.
Michael Clarke also had some questions, which he wanted the Australian Test captain to answer in public.
“My question is how much involvement did Pat have? Did he want this change and (if so) why? Bring on accountability, When you lose, that’s on you as captain. If this is what Patty wants, respect to him but he’s going to have to take the hits as,” he asserted.
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