Players might have needed it because they weren’t performing : Shane Warne on Langer’s ‘intense’approach

Langer’s exit has certainly sparked an uproar in Cricket Australia. Now Shane Warne has criticized Cricket Australia for handling the whole discussions about Langer’s extension and opines that Langer’s “too intense” approach was probably right because it was ‘needed’.

Speaking on Fox Sports, Warne said, “So Justin Langer took over after that (sandpaper scandal). Australia lost to India (2018-2019). They lose to India B (2020- 2021) last summer when six or eight Indian players went home. We lost at the Gabba for the first time in donkey’s years. No one fears Australia anymore. They lose to West Indies, they lose to Bangladesh in an under-man team yes. So Justin Langer might be intense. He might be too harsh. He might be brutal. But you know what, players might have needed it because they weren’t performing.”

Langer in his resignation letter apologized for being “too intense” which may not have liked by the senior players and support staff. Reports emerged after India’s historic win in 2021 that many senior players were not happy with Langer’s volatile moods and ‘micro-management’. After high-profile meetings between Cricket Australia, players and Langer, it was observed that the former coach had taken some steps back and his toned down his style.

Under Langer, Australia came back strongly in the last quarter of the year. They won their maiden T20 World Cup and also demolished the English side in the 2020 – 2021 Ashes under their new leader Pat Cummins. However it seems, that all of that wasn’t enough for Langer to keep his high-paying coaching job and now Cricket Australia is on the lookout of a new coach.

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