Former Australian cricketer and head coach, Justin Langer revealed that he thoroughly enjoyed being part of the team despite the internal issues surrounding his coaching style and management.
Langer resigned as the head coach after being offered only a 6-month contract extension despite a thumping 4-0 win in their prestigious Ashes series. His relationship with the Cricket Australia (CA) board was in turmoil.
Months after getting out of the role, Langer finally opened up on the happenings and took particular aim at the CA chairman, Richard Freudenstein.
“The first thing he (Freudenstein) said to me was, ‘It must make you feel so good that all your mates are supporting you in the media’,” Langer told during a Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA event in Perth.
“I said, ‘Yeah it is, acting chairman, but with all due respect, those mates are also the all-time greats of Australian cricket. They are the fabric of Australian cricket. They are Australian cricket. They also work all around the world in cricket. So yeah, I’m glad my mates are looking after me. Imagine if you had have‘,” he added.
“I had energy, and I had focus” – Justin Langer
Langer came in during a tumultuous period for Australian cricket after the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft was involved in the infamous Sandpaper gate and was subsequently banned for a period of one year.
He enjoyed great times with the new-look team having Tim Paine lead the bunch, and although there were quite a few downsides along the way, Langer ensured the Aussies were back among the best in world cricket.
“Ironically, the last six months of my coaching career were the most enjoyable period of 12 years of coaching. Not only did we win everything, but I had energy, and I had focus, and I was happy – besides the bulls**t politics,” he further mentioned.