Justin Langer resigns as coach of the Australian cricket team

After months of uncertainty over his future, Justin Langer announced his resignation as head coach of Australia’s men’s cricket team. Langer completes a successful three-year spell with the Australian team. A social media message from Justin Langer’s management verified the news.

Langer met with Cricket Australia on Friday to discuss his future, as his contract expires in June, and the former opening batsman turned down a short-term extension to stay in the post. 

“DSEG confirms that our client Justin Langer has this morning tendered his resignation as coach of the Australian men’s cricket team,” Langer’s management company wrote on social media.

“Following a meeting with Cricket Australia last night, he announced his resignation. The resignation will go into effect right away.”

After the infamous sandpaper scandal, the Australian batsman Justin Langer was called in to help rebuild the team.

●   A good tenure for Langer 

Langer not only put a halt to the rot, but also oversaw a run of victories that catapulted Australia back to the top of the Test rankings, culminating in a recent victory in the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.

However, Langer’s support in the locker room waned along the road, with frustrated players publicly complaining to local media about his “headmaster-like” leadership style.

Last August, former captain Tim Paine – a post-scandal appointment who was a major ally in repairing the team’s torn reputation – arranged conversations between the coach and players, which helped to patch up the fissures. 

Langer’s achievements with the bat had already secured a place in Australian cricket’s Hall of Fame, regardless of how his term as coach ended.

From 1993 to 2007, he appeared in 105 Tests, averaging 45.27 and scoring 7,696 runs, including 23 hundreds.

Langer was a part of an all-conquering Australian cricket team that included Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath, and Ricky Ponting.

He credited his success to tenacious perseverance rather than exceptional inherent aptitude, and he expected people around him to follow suit. 

Australia, on the other hand, failed to reach the World Test Championship final after dropping a home series to India following a setback at the Gabba. The first fractures in his leadership appeared in the aftermath of the series, with allegations of the players’ discontent with his tough-talking coaching approach. This issue required resolving through high-level emergency meetings on the Gold Coast.

After Australia’s T20I series defeat in Bangladesh, the team’s leadership group, comprising former captain Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, and Aaron Finch, met with Langer again, and Langer vowed to lighten his coaching style after individual talks with players. 

Despite Australia’s success, there has been suspicion in recent months that Langer might not have the full support of the team.

Senior players and CA managers met last year amid concerns that Langer’s rigorous coaching style had irritated players.

Australian Test captain Pat Cummins recently complimented Langer for doing a “great” job but said it was only right for CA to complete a review process before deciding whether to renew his contract.

Former captain Ricky Ponting was critical of the governing body’s handling of the situation.

“It’s a pretty sad day for Australian cricket,” he stated on ABC Radio on Saturday. 

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