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Mitchell Johnson Blames This Player For Justin Langer’s Exit As Australia Head Coach
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Australian men’s cricket coach Justin Langer announced his surprise resignation Saturday, just weeks after trouncing archrivals England in a lopsided Ashes series and months after winning the T20 World Cup. The 51-year-old walked away from the top management job in Australian sports after failing to secure the public support of key players and acrimonious contract talks with governing body Cricket Australia. Board members held lengthy discussions about Langer’s future into Friday night, but failed to reach an agreement on a new deal with the former Test batsman.
The coach is said to have bristled at being asked to effectively reapply for his job and being offered a “short-term extension” to his contract, despite a stellar record that culminated in a 4-0 Ashes victory and Australia being ranked the world’s number one Test team. Sports management company DSEG announced Langer’s departure in a terse statement saying “our client Justin Langer has this morning tendered his resignation as coach of the Australian men's cricket team”. “The resignation follows a meeting with Cricket Australia last evening. The resignation is effective immediately.”
Cricket Australia said it had accepted Langer’s resignation, while praising his “outstanding leadership”. But it also appeared to play a role in his downfall, despite his success reviving the scandal-tainted side’s fortunes. Langer took the job in 2018, with Australian cricket at its lowest ebb for decades in the wake of a cheating affair. Langer’s long-time partner at the crease Matthew Hayden said he had restored pride in their beloved baggy green cap. “He came into one of the most toxic environments in Australian sport” Hayden told ABC. “It had been disgraced and dishonoured.”
Langer not only ended the rot but oversaw a string of wins that took Australia back to the top of the Test rankings and culminated in recent victories in the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. Australia won the T20 World Cup last year against Pakistan in UAE under the mentorship of Justin Langer and in 2022 they won the Ashes against England with a great margin. Both of the victories came under Justin Langer as a coach. Langer reportedly pledged to stop micromanaging the team’s affairs and relax his confrontational personal manner.
Regardless of how his tenure as coach ended, Langer’s feats with the bat have already sealed a spot in Australian cricket’s Hall of Fame. He played 105 Tests from 1993 to 2007, averaging 45.27 and amassing 7,696 runs, including 23 centuries. Justin Langer’s resignation as head coach of the Australian team has made a few heads turn in their cricket circuit. Several of Langer’s teammates and former Australian cricketers were surprised about the sequence of events that led to his stepping down. He attributed his success to dogged determination rather than dazzling natural ability and expected those around him to display the same unwavering application.
Mitchell Johnson Blames Pat Cummins For Justin Langer’s Exit As Australia Head Coach
Mitchell Johnson said that Pat Cummins is being looked up to as a "cricket saint" since the time he has been doled out as Australia's Test skipper. Johnson added that Cummins has fizzled in his 'large Test' as a captain.
“He had plenty of public opportunities to endorse an extension for Langer. So when he let it through to the keeper every time, it became pretty obvious he didn’t want it to happen,” added Johnson.
“Cummins holds a lot of power and must have been central to what’s happened. He’s clearly had an agenda to get in a coach he wants. His recent interviews have been gutless by not respecting his coach when he could have been upfront from the start,” concluded Mitchell Johnson.