According to a report published in The Australian, Justin Langer told Cricket Australia that he stepped down as head coach as he no longer had the support of many players, support staff and board members.
Langer, who has been linked with a vacant England coaching job after the departure of Chris Silverwood on Thursday, has turned down a short-term extension with Australia and has now relinquished his role from May 2018.
The Australian said he later received a copy of Langer’s resignation letter to Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley, in which he apologized if it came across as “too intense”.
Sky Sports has contacted Cricket Australia for a response.
Langer – who led Australia to their maiden T20 World Cup title in November, followed by a 4-0 loss against England – reportedly wrote: “I was offered a short-term contract until the end of the T20 World Cup in Australia Which has the feeling of “going out in style”.
Langer led Australia to the T20 World Cup title in November and then an Ashes victory over England
“After careful consideration, I have decided not to accept the renewal of this contract, and therefore I believe it is in everyone’s interest that the Australian cricket team begin the next chapter immediately.
“If the media reports are true, many senior players and some support staff are not helping me move forward, and it is now clear that the CA board and you Nick (Hockley) are also eager to take the team in the other direction. Huh. I respect this decision.
There have long been rumors about some Australian players unhappy with Langer’s coaching style, while Test captain Pat Cummins decided not to publicly support the 51-year-old shortly before announcing his resignation.
“Over the past 12 months there has been a lot of speculation in the media about my future as an Australian men’s cricket manager and this has had a great impact on my family,” Langer reportedly said in his letter.
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“I hope that during this and throughout my tenure, I have held myself with integrity and dignity. My life is built on the values of honesty, respect, trust, truthfulness and performance and I apologize if this comes across as ‘too intense’ at times.
“They say that in any business, if you leave things in a better place than when they started, you’ve done your job.
“While it is not for me to judge, I do hope that Australians will respect what they have achieved in Australian cricket over the past four years. From day one, I believed that winning and making the game that much. It is possible to play with the spirit which is now expected of our supporters.
“It has been proven over the last four years that this is achievable and I am extremely proud of the team for their efforts on and off the cricket pitch. I hope we have made Australians proud and won the respect of countries around the world. I’m grateful… I’m going high.
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“Australian cricket means the world to me. It’s been there since I was a kid, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to play and coach my national team.
“I am grateful to the Board of Directors for this opportunity, and I will take home many treasured memories and friendships from the past four years. I hope the good work is done and I wish the team success for the future.”
Ponting calls handling of Langer’s dismissal ‘shameful’
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has criticized Cricket Australia’s approach to Langer’s departure.
“I really think it’s a really sad day for Australian cricket,” Pointing said. abcradio,
“Six months have been really bad for the way Cricket Australia has handled some of the best people in Australian cricket like Langer and Tim Paine.
“I think the way they’ve handled those two cases is almost embarrassing.”
“Based on the best training period [Langer’s] It seems a very strange time for an international career, a coach to leave.
“Reading the tea leaves, it seems that some, as he would tell me, a very small group of playgroups and some other team staff totally disliked him. Take it.
“It turned out to be a man who put his life, heart and soul into Australian cricket, and what I think was a sensational job of changing the culture and the way the Australian cricket team has been treated in the last three or four years. was spotted. , This was enough to motivate him to quit his dream job. ,
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