Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins has said that the team does not want to think about coach Justin Langer’s future as Australia’s coach now and wants to enjoy the victory of Ashes 2021-22. His words arrive after Australia defeated England in Ashes 2021-22, after earning a 3-0 lead in the series.
Justin Langer‘s tenure as Australia coach came under scrutiny in the past. However, Cricket Australia allowed him to be the coach for ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and Ashes 2021-22. Australia won the ICC T20I World Cup 2021 after defeating New Zealand in the final. Now, with Australia regaining the Ashes, Justin Langer has some positives under his belt.
Don’t Think Today’s The Day To Speculate On Justin Langer’s Future As Coach: Pat Cummins
While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Pat Cummins said that the team wants to focus on Ashes 2021-22 victory for now and not think about Justin Langer’s future as head coach.
“I think we’ll savour this victory today and continue for the Ashes and I don’t think today’s the day to speculate on that. I think we’ll sit down all together after this series or whenever I think his (Justin Langer) tenure is up or his contract is up for renewal in a few months, I think we’ll visit that then,” Pat Cummins said.
Recently, Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley hinted that Australia can have different coaches for all three formats in the future. He also restrained from speaking on Justin Langer’s future as Australia coach.
Langer’s tenure will come to an end next year after the completion of the Ashes 2021-22 series. However, he has shown interest to continue with the role. Speculations are rife that Michael Di Venuto and Andrew McDonald might take over as the white-ball coach for Australia.
Meanwhile, England suffered one of their worst batting collapses during the 3rd Test of the ongoing Ashes 2021-22. England were bowled out for just 68 against a lead of 82 runs in the 2nd innings. Earlier, England had posted 185-10 in the 1st innings batting first. Australia responded with 267 all-out. In the 2nd innings, England were bowled out for just 62 and lost the match by an innings and 14 runs.
Australia also won the 1st Test by 9 wickets and the 2nd Test by 275 runs. Now, Australia and England will lock horns in the 3rd Test, which is scheduled to commence on January 5 at Sydney Cricket Ground.