Under siege coach Justin Langer insisted on Monday that the Australian cricket team were “in a better place” after clear-cut talks with senior players over dissatisfaction with their management style.
Langer has come under close scrutiny following recent straight-game white ball defeats to West Indies and Bangladesh, with friction over his intense leadership and mood swings resurfacing.
This sparked an emergency meeting with test skipper Tim Paine, his deputy Pat Cummins, limited captain Aaron Finch and Cricket Australia managers.
Langer admitted it had been a “difficult” time personally, but said he learned from the experience, building on the darker moments of his parallel playing career.
“I think back to 1993, 1998 and 2001 when I was kicked out of the Australian squad,” he told the West Australian newspaper as he aimed to reset before the next Twenty20 World Cup and an Ashes series at home against England.
“I was devastated when they happened and thought they were some of the worst times of my life. “
“Yet I look back now and realize that these experiences, as disappointing as they were then, made me stronger and better as a player,” he added. .
“The situation at the moment is very difficult, but I am convinced that I will become a better coach because of it. “
Paine and Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley both publicly backed Langer, who revealed he had candid conversations with some players in which numerous issues were aired.
“We have all lost a lot of chest,” he said. “I think we’re all in a better place now. “
While Langer has been widely praised for restoring the culture of the Australian team after the ‘Sandpaper-gate’ scandal in South Africa in 2018, rumors of locker room friction have never been far away.
He was forced to respond to negative comments earlier this year when discontent surfaced over his “director-type” leadership.
Langer said the criticism came from not winning.
“When you win everyone is happy and gets along well, but when you lose that’s when the finger starts and people look for excuses,” he said.
“We’ve had a tough trot lately, but we only held onto the Ashes a short time ago and we were ranked No.1 in the T20 test and cricket not too long ago.
“Come back to victory and you won’t hear anything else. “
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