Cricket Australia (CA) has rejected Justin Langer’s allegations after the former head coach accused the players and officials of engineering his resignation. Langer singled out Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch, saying they criticized his intense coaching style behind his back.
Langer said on the “Back Chat Podcast” that Cummins discussed his intense nature behind his back. The former opener said he heard about them through the media and other sources. Despite revising his coaching methods and delivering some success to the team, Langer insisted on a six-month extension.
The Playing Group Are Aware They Have My Full Support – Cricket Australia
CA chief Nick Hockley said that many formal and informal feedback meetings were held, after which the then-head coach rejected a short-term extension. Hence, Hockley was disappointed by Langer’s comments and supported the players.
“I am disappointed by Justin’s comments unfairly criticising some of our players. The playing group are aware they have my full support,” CA chief Nick Hockley was quoted as saying to ESPN Cricinfo.
“Regular formal and informal opportunities to provide and receive feedback took place throughout his tenure, which is consistent with a high-performance environment. Following a comprehensive process, Justin was offered a short-term contract extension, which he rejected,” he added.
Justin Langer succeeded Darren Lehmann as Australia’s head coach after the ball-tampering saga in March 2018. During his tenure, he led the Aussies to their first T20 World Cup 2021 in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as a 4-0 series win in the previous Ashes series at home. Former cricketers like Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, and Shane Warne lashed out at the board for the unfair treatment of Langer.
Following the resignation of Justin Langer, assistant coach Andrew MacDonald was promoted to head coach. In February 2022, the former Australian all-rounder led the Men in Yellow to a historic Test series triumph in Pakistan. On the other hand, McDonald is under criticism following their disappointing T20 World Cup campaign on home soil.