Former Australian head coach Justin Langer made headlines when he criticized his players for not directly challenging him during his coaching tenure. However, the former Australian opener denied any war with Test captain Pat Cummins. Instead, Langer stated that he has a lot of respect for Cummins and that he is a great person.
Defending the Australian players, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley stated that Langer had received formal and informed feedback on his intensive coaching methods. After revealing his good relationship with the Australian players in his new statement, the 52-year-old has effectively ended the alleged split with Cummins.
I have so much respect for Patty Cummins – Justin Langer
Justin Langer told 7 News Perth that there is no conflict between him and Cummins. The Western Australian stated that he was in constant contact with the Test captain and that he never criticized the players, but always praised their honesty.
“I have so much respect for Patty Cummins. I think he is a brilliant player. I think he is an excellent human being. So any thought that there is war between Patty and me couldn’t be further from the truth. Ironically, I spoke to Patty on Monday. We had a long talk about how the team is going, how he is going, how his family is going. And some of this mess is complete and utter nonsense.”
“There was sort of a conversation about associating the word coward with Pat Cummins. If you listen to the podcast, I actually praised Pat, I praised Finchy, I praised Tim Paine for providing feedback. I actually complimented them, not criticizing them as it has come out.
Can’t wait for the test match to start next week – Justin Langer
Langer said he enjoyed his time with the Australian team and still cherishes those memories. He also discussed his positive relationships with team members since leaving the position.
“I’ve been in contact with these guys since I’ve been out of the team and I can’t wait for the test match to start next week, and the reason I can’t wait is I haven’t seen them. I haven’t seen the boys since I finished in February.”
“I’ve enjoyed my four years coaching Australia, it’s been great. Didn’t end the way I wanted – that’s life, that’s the business, it’s a tough business. I have good memories. Those guys we’re talking about, I ate with them, I drank with them, I celebrated with them, we came through Covid together, we came through sandpaper together, we won the World Cup together, we won the Ashes together. They are like my little brothers!” he concluded.
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