Former Australian coach Justin Langer has re-opened old wounds after a bitter retirement, lashing out at an unnamed ‘coward’ within the team who has complained in the media about his fierce coaching style.
In an interview, former Test opener Langer said following last year’s team’s first Twenty20 World Cup title and stunning victory over Ashes, when governing body Cricket Australia failed to offer him a long-term contract extension. He said he was hurt.
Ahead of last year’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, numerous media reports indicated suspicions of backstage dissatisfaction with his coaching style, citing team sources.
“Everyone has been kind to me, but I read about this and read half of it. No,” Langer said.
“What do you mean by ‘a source says’? They have an ax to deal with someone and they won’t talk to you face to face or leak something for their own agenda.” I’m just there.
“Many journalists use the word ‘source’. Change that word to “coward.”
Langer resigned in February after being offered a six-month contract extension, saying he felt he had lost the support of some players and staff, as well as the Cricket Australia board.
Langer said he changed his coaching style after receiving feedback from former Test captain Tim Payne, white-ball skipper Aaron Finch and Payne’s replacement Pat Cummins. Therefore, it was difficult for him to accept short-term offers after his T20 World Cup victory and Ashes 4-0 victory.
“We were the best in the world. I’ve never loved training so much and I’m still fired,” Langer said. “That’s the hardest part.”
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