Australian Test captain Pat Cummins has denied the allegations of players’ role in head coach Justin Langer’s departure from the team, saying that the feedback of the team was heard but claiming that the Australian players are decision-makers is “quite far from the truth”.
Notably, after Justin Langer’s controversial exit as Australia’s head coach last month several former cricketers claimed had that Aussie players played a big role in Langer’s exit.
Meanwhile, Cummins has said that he felt for Justin Langer as much as anyone else and added that the decision of removing him from the head coach role was taken by Cricket Australia (CA) and everyone in the team was consulted before the decision was made.
“It was okay, I felt for Justin as much as anyone else, but I knew when I became captain I was going to cop it for different things. If anything, it kind of reminded me I’ve got to look after the team and do what’s best for Australian cricket. All the noise and things that might come with it come from a good place, but I can’t let it affect me too much,” he told SEN 1170 Breakfast.
“Certainly our feedback was heard, as I think it should be. But to say that we are decision-makers is quite far from the truth. It’s a high-performance set-up, there’s the board that makes decisions, so of course, people within the environment get consulted, that includes senior players, staff members, which I think has always been the case. I think that’s the right way to do things, it’s healthy. Nothing untoward, for sure,” he added.
He’s Certainly Capable Of Being Full-time Coach – Pat Cummins On Andrew McDonald
Former cricketer Andrew McDonald has been appointed as interim head coach of the Australian team for the upcoming Pakistan tour.
The Australia tour of Pakistan 2022 consists of a three-match Test series, which will be played from March 4 to 25, a three-match One Day International series, which will be played from March 29 to April 2, and a sole T20 International match, which will be played on April 5.
Meanwhile, Cummins has said that Andrew McDonald is capable enough to become full-time head coach of the Australian team.
“I think he’s certainly capable (of being full-time coach). (It’s) certainly not my decision, I think they’ll run a process probably after this series, so we’ll see how he goes,” he added.
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