Australian Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has backed his Coach Justin Langer over the criticism made on managerial issues and cleared that he had no problems with the former opener. The Australian coaching staff and the captain have been under fire after the second consecutive homes series loss against India recently in spite of India playing with an inexperienced side.
In January, reports came out that the Australian players were unhappy with the coaching style of Justin Langer. The Australian players were questioned on the aspect of Langer’s ‘micromanaging’ but they looked quite happy with their coach and backed him. Australia’s next test series against South Africa was cancelled due to the increase in the number of Covid cases.
Nathan Lyon Backs Justin Langer’s Honesty
Nathan Lyon was stubborn about being straight forward if he has any problem with his coach Langer and admitted that there hasn’t been any issues yet. He was frustrated with the reports that have come up against Australian management and backed the whole dressing room, to be honest with each other until now. He was sure about having nothing to hide which was a good sign for the future of head coach Langer.
“Me personally, if I had a problem with JL, I’d go straight to him, But I don’t have a problem with him. I don’t understand where it’s all coming from. I’d like to think anyone in that change room or anyone at Cricket Australia or outside – if anyone has a problem with anyone, we’re about being honest with each other,” AAP quoted Nathan Lyon as saying.
Langer Surprised By The Criticism
Langer mentioned that he was surprised to see the reports and admitted that he always believes in having honest conversations with the players. He revealed the worst part of the incident being the reports coming two weeks after the series loss to India and was quite confident that the players would have come up to him if they want to address any issues.
“That’s the killer (learning about the discontent from media). I’ve talked for years about honest conversations, and the worst part about it all for me was it came out two weeks after the Test match; if there was such an issue, the players or the assistant coaches would have come and spoken to me,” Justin Langer told Perth’s Sport.
Australia still is in contention about making it to the World Test championship finals and they will hope that England beats India in the 4th test at Ahmedabad which will push them to Lord.