Justin Langer has finally resigned as a coach or should be said that the coach was forced to take such decision when a short-term extension contract was offered. While Cricket Australia denied of any back-stage heated discussions with the former coach, speculations were rife that Langer is unlikely to be given a long-term coaching contract and one of the primary reason was the absence of support from Australian senior players.
Andrew McDonald, the assistant coach has taken on the role of an interim head coach for a while. Australian greats have expressed their disappointment at how the Langer Cricket Australia saga has unfolded.
“It was absolutely clear that no one backed him. If you listen to the Australian captain the other day did not mention once any kind of commendation or support for him, I don’t think (Justin) would be going very well at all. That would be extremely hurtful.” said Hayden
Cummins has reportedly denied endorsing Langer multiple times and it clearly indicated the interest of the team of not wanting to go ahead with Langer.
“You could see the writing was on the wall” : Matthew Hayden
Reports emerged last year that the Australian players were not happy with the Langer’s style of coaching and micro-management which was followed by a high-level meeting between crucial players and CA officials. It was also reported that after the meeting, Langer ultimately took a step back and worked on his approach with the players. However, insiders from the Australian think tank credits the recent wins of T20 World Cup and Ashes win more to the assistant coaches Andrew McDonald and Michael Di Venuto.
England looking to sign up Justin Langer?
ECB has stated that Justin Langer is on their radar for coaching the England side if CA of course does not move ahead with him. Langer has received a vote of confidence from not only Sir Andrew Strauss but also from Michael Vaughan who believes the strict demeanor and competitive environment is urgently needed in the English test side.