While Cricket Australia has released a statement that it does not comment on confidential conversations, they wanted to address the claims made by Fox Sports after the meeting between the CA officials and coach Justin Langer for his tenure extension. Fox Sports claimed that the meeting became ‘fiery’ and that Langer was hinted to reapply for the position, a subtle but direct hint that his tenure could very well come to an end this year.
Cricket Australia had denied the above claims in their statement. “There were a number of inaccuracies in a story written by Tom Morris on the Fox Sports website on Monday concerning a meeting between Australian men’s team Head Coach Justin Langer, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley and EGM of High Performance and National Teams Ben Oliver on Friday,” CA said in a statement.
“Among other false claims, we reject outright the assertion that the meeting was fiery or heated and that Justin was asked to reapply for his job.
Reports have emerged about the growing belief in the Australian squad that the further Langer stays away from the team, the better it performs and that the upliftment in the team’s morale has been due to the assistant coaches Andrew McDonald and Michael Di Venuto.
While Langer had always been the head coach, he had to take a step back after the series loss to India when many of the Australian players were feeling the heat of the micro-management style and high-pressure environment under Justin Langer. Australia however had a remarkable turnaround in the last couple of months as they acquired their maiden T20 World Cup trophy and retained the Ashes.
But sources say that the calm and productive environment has come from the assistant coaches and not from Langer who has had little inputs in the team for the last few months.