Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh has criticised Cricket Australia over Justin Langer’s resignation as head coach. Langer stepped down after meetings between Cricket Australia and him did not go well. He was offered a short-term extension which he did not accept and handed out his resignation.
However, former Australian cricketers, many of whom are Justin Langer’s teammates have felt that the treatment meted out to Langer was not ideal. Now Waugh has spoken in favour of him as well. He shared a hand-written note on his official Instagram handle with words such as transition, evolve and unity.
No Clarity As To Why Justin Langer Was Removed As Head Coach: Steve Waugh
“Plenty of Buzz words but no clarity as to why Justin Langer is no longer deemed worthy of the coaching role. Not sure how the team evolves and transitions form being loved by the public and being ranked number one is test cricket and the World Champions in T20” Waugh wrote.
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John Buchanan, a former Australian coach who saw Langer during his playing days with Australia said Hockley had sent out mixed signals when explaining CA’s decision-making.
“Nick Hockley basically outlined everything Justin did well, and then basically said he is unable to help the team evolve,” he said.
The likes of Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist and Mitchell Johnson also supported Langer over his controversial step down as head coach.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has asked the ECB to sign up Langer as the head coach as he is no more connected to Australian cricket. He won the T20 World Cup and the Ashes series, which were two of the biggest cricketing events that happened recently.
If you want one person to come in with a huge point to prove, then it is Langer. He is an Ashes winner, T20 World Cup winner, and knows everything about playing in Australia.
“Just go get him. This England Test team needs some tough love. Joe Root needs a forceful coach next to him too,” Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.