Justin Langer blames politics within Cricket Australia for his exit as men’s team coach


Justin Langer guided Australia to the T20 World Cup 2021 and the recent Ashes glory. Following his exit, Cricket Australia appointed Andrew McDonald as the new head coach.

Justin Langer during an interaction with the media. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Justin Langer helped Australia win the T20 World Cup 2021
  • Justin Langer also guided Australia to the recent Ashes glory
  • Australian board appointed Andrew McDonald as the new head coach

Justin Langer opened up about his resignation as Australia men’s team coach, saying the politics within Cricket Australia led to his messy exit.

In February 2022, Langer, who guided Australia to T20 World Cup 2021 and recent Ashes glory, rejected a short-term extension and quit his job.

The 51-year-old claimed that a breakdown of relationship with a number of Australian players contributed towards his resignation. Langer’s former teammates and great Australian players, including Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden, Mark Waugh and the late Shane Warne, came out in support of him and pointed out the mistreatment by Cricket Australia.

While recalling his conversation with the then interim chief Richard Freudenstein the day after he quit as Australia coach, Langer told cricket.com.au, “The first thing he said to me was, ‘It must make you feel so good that all your mates are supporting you in the media.'”

“I said, ‘Yeah it is, acting chairman, but with all due respect, those mates are also the all-time greats of Australian cricket. They are the fabric of Australian cricket. They are Australian cricket. They also work all around the world in cricket. So yeah, I’m glad my mates are looking after me. Imagine if you had had’.

Langer further termed his last six months in the role as the “most enjoyable period of 12 years of coaching”.

“Not only did we win everything, but I had energy, and I had focus, and I was happy besides the bulls*** politics,” he added.

The Australian cricket board then appointed Andrew McDonald as the new head coach, with Daniel Vettori and Andre Borovec joining Michael Di Venuto as the assistant coaches.



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