Justin Langer has doubled down on his claims that there’s no rift between he and different members of the Australian cricket crew after explosive feedback earlier this week from the previous nationwide coach.
In an interview with Will Schofield’s BackChat podcast – that was recorded a number of weeks in the past – Langer blasted the “cowards” who leaked against him during his final months in charge.
‘The interview prompted a stern response from Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley, who stated there have been “quite a few inaccuracies” in Langer’s accounts and that he was dissatisfied by feedback “unfairly criticising a few of our gamers”.
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Langer then responded publicly for the primary time by way of Channel 7, his new employer, to reject suggestions he’s at “war” with Pat Cummins and different members of the nationwide crew.
Now, in a passionate and extensive column in the West Australian, the 52-year previous has once more denied any form of stress between he and present gamers in an try and clear the air.
“This garbage dialogue of me preventing with the present crew should cease. Just because it’s not true. They’re my buddies. They’re like my youthful brothers. Something stated on the contrary is fake,” Langer wrote within the West Australian.
“For 4 years we drank, ate, celebrated, strategised and lived collectively.
“We fought again from ‘sandpaper gate’ and Covid collectively and we gained the T20 World Cup and Ashes collectively.
“Was it at all times excellent? No, it wasn’t? What enterprise, what crew is at all times excellent? I’ve by no means met a frontrunner who’s each single particular person’s cup of tea. Once more, that’s life.”
Lanager’s preliminary claims have come beneath criticism for being a distraction to the Australian crew only a week out from its first Take a look at in opposition to the West Indies in Perth on Wednesday.
Requested about his relationship with Langer at Perth airport this week, Cummins stated: “All good.”
The Age reviews Cummins and Langer could meet forward of the primary Take a look at in opposition to the West Indies in a bid to additional alleviate any stress.
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Lager additionally revealed in his column he thought the podcast had been launched weeks in the past and that he’d despatched some audio to key members of the crew previous to it popping out after Schofield advised him there may be some curiosity in his feedback on ‘leaks’ and ‘sources’ within the media.
“I despatched it to Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch and Ben Oliver, the excessive efficiency Supervisor of CA. Opposite to what has been reported, these males I respect and like,” Langer wrote.
“Mockingly, I had reached out to Pat a couple of days earlier than and we had a terrific chat in regards to the crew, and the way he and the boys had been travelling. A number of gamers had additionally despatched me birthday needs, and I had spoken to a few the fellows throughout and after the ODI collection in opposition to England.
“I’m additionally in contact with 90 per cent of the crew in a method or one other. All good, completely satisfied encouraging, optimistic stuff – hardly a struggle, as is being depicted.
“For the document, I’m a terrific admirer of Pat Cummins. Not solely is he an excellent cricketer however he’s additionally an excellent human being.”