Former Australia head coach Justin Langer has finally revealed the real reason behind his ouster from the national side despite doing a fantastic job.
He was appointed Australia coach following the ball-tempering scandal in South Africa in 2018 and worked hard to gain the trust of the public and the players.
He also guided Australia to Ashes wins twice, as well as a maiden T20 World Cup title last year, but all his work was overshadowed by politics, as Langer opened up about the heated conversation with Cricket Australia’s (CA) then-interim chairman Richard Freudenstein the day after he quit as head coach.
Notably, Langer stepped down as Australia’s head coach in February 2022 after he was offered only a six-month extension as well failed to get public support from the national players.
Langer was quoted by 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.’”
He continued, “‘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 have.’”
On his experience with the Australia team as head coach, Langer said: “Ironically, the last six months of my coaching career were 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 bullshit politics.”
Langer also revealed that he never considered becoming an England coach. He signed off by saying, “I’ve never spoken to English cricket. The thought of coaching England … mate!”
(With AFP Inputs)