Justin Langer Talks About The Time When He Nearly Stepped Down As The Coach Of Australia

Justin Langer Talks About The Time When He Nearly Stepped Down As The Coach Of Australia

Glenn Maxwell, Justin Langer
Justin Langer. Image Courtesy: Getty

Australia head coach Justin Langer took over as the national team’s coach in the toughest of times and while the side has made rapid strides under his watch, he has also endured some lows. Justin Langer, who is preparing himself for yet another enticing showdown with the Indian team down under, revealed there was a time he wanted to quit the job. Langer took over the spot in May 2018.

Cricket Australia appointed Justin Langer as the head coach after Darren Lehmann stepped down in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March 2018. The saga badly the Australian team’s image with the banishment of the then captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner also affecting their performances on the field. For a long time since then, Australia kept losing consistently.

Steve Smith, ICC Test Team Rankings
Steve Smith celebrates with the team. (Credit: PTI)

But Justin Langer persisted with the side and the 50-year old helped the side regain their confidence gradually. And despite their two star players missing from the squad for a year, the men in yellow had a terrific run leading to the 2019 World Cup. Being the defending champions, Australia made it to the semi-finals of the tournament and also retained the Ashes that year in England, thanks to Smith’s outstanding form with the bat.

It was so bizarre and I’m not sure how it started: Justin Langer

Justin Langer, Cameron Green, Australia vs India 2019
Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Brake – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Justin Langer revealed that when he was in England for the World Cup, he began feeling weird after waking up one morning. The Western Australian conceded having problems in his left ear, feeling unwell and seasick for around ten months and not having answers. The former Australian opener was also uncertain about keeping his job since it took plenty of toll on him. Langer, who represented the national team in 105 Tests, is currently receiving treatment for vertigo and migraines.

“It was really weird. It literally just came on. We’re in England for the World Cup and one day I wake up and I describe it as like in Star Wars, the light sabres when they start hitting each other. It was a constant in my left ear. It was so bizarre and I’m not sure how it started. For about 10 months, it literally felt like I was seasick and drunk the whole time. I got to a point where I was feeling so unwell and not having the answers. I wasn’t sure that I would keep going in my job because it was just so stressful,” Langer stated as quoted by India Today.

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