Former Australia coach Justin Langer denounced the unnamed “cowards” who complained to him in the run-up to his sacking, while acknowledging that he should have developed a better relationship with the sport’s governing body.
The 52-year-old resigned in February after failing to gain public support from key players and bitter contract negotiations with Cricket Australia.
He was angry that he had only been given a six-month extension, despite leading Australia to a 4-0 Ashes victory over England in 2021 and then to Twenty20 World Cup glory in the same year.
Several media reports, citing team sources, claimed to be unhappy in the dressing room ahead of last year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
“Everyone was nice to my face, but I read about this stuff, and half of it… I couldn’t believe that made the papers,” he told Code Sports.
“Many journalists use the word ‘source’. I’d say change that word to “coward.” Says a coward, no source.
“Because what do you mean by ‘a source says’? They either have an ax to grind with someone and won’t come and say it to your face, or they’re just leaking stuff for their agenda.
“We won the T20 World Cup, we won the Ashes. We were number 1 in the world… and I’m still fired. You can’t give someone feedback, do something about it and that’s what happens.” ,” he added.
While Cricket Australia has remained largely silent in the wake of the incident, CEO Nick Hockley stepped out on Wednesday to address “inaccuracies” in Langer’s comments.
“During his tenure, formal and informal opportunities to give and receive feedback have occurred regularly, which is consistent with a high-performance environment,” Hockley said.
“After an extensive process, Justin was offered a short contract extension, which he turned down.
“I am disappointed by Justin’s comments unfairly criticizing some of our players. The squad is aware that they have my full support.”
Langer took over as coach in 2018, when Australian cricket was at its lowest point in decades due to a cheating scandal, and he is credited with restoring pride to the famous baggy green hat.
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