Australian cricket team has a VERY telling reaction in first team meeting after Justin Langer’s controversial exit – as ex-coach reveals why he refused to be part of new documentary
- Latest episode of The Test shows push from players to replace Justin Langer
- Langer quit last February after he was offered six-month contract extension
- Followed Australia winning the Ashes and the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE
The push for Justin Langer to be replaced as Australia’s cricket head coach has been laid bare in the latest episode of upcoming documentary The Test.
Pace bowler Josh Hazelwood, off-spinner Nathan Lyon and star batsman David Warner led the chorus of criticism, with the general consensus being it was time for a leadership change at the top.
It came despite Australia winning the Ashes against England and the T20 World Cup in November of 2021 with Langer at the helm.
Episode three of The Test will launch on Prime Video this Friday – and it paints Pat Cummins and his teammates as ruthless.
The playing group acknowledged the positive role ‘JL’ had after Australia sought to revamp their image following the ‘Sandpapergate’ cheating scandal in Cape Town back in 2018 – but after winning the T20 World Cup against New Zealand, it was clearly time for change in the eyes of some players.
In the third episode of The Test, Aussie skipper Pat Cummins states ‘Justin Langer was great, when we needed him’
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon also felt it was time for change after Langer had four years as head coach of the national side
Hazlewood felt the squad ‘were probably in need of a different support team and different coach’, while Lyon stated ‘four years is a very long time as a head coach’.
Warner went a step further, believing Langer ‘had lost a fair few players and probably the wrong players’ while captain Cummins coldly stated ‘he was brilliant when we needed him’.
It is believed Langer’s hard-nosed approach got many players offside.
When Langer was only offered a six-month contract extension by Cricket Australia, he quit in February last year.
Former players such as Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist – ex-teammates and close friends of Langer – were scathing in their criticism via the media, causing Cummins to address the issue behind closed doors with his teammates on a tour of Pakistan.
As revealed in episode three, the skipper asked if any questions needed to be answered over Langer when the team had their first meeting since the coach’s exit – and was met with collective silence.
Pace bowler Josh Hazlewood also felt the squad ‘were probably in need of a different support team and different coach’ after four years with Langer at the helm
Langer was given the chance by producers to offer his side of the story, but declined to talk
Langer was given the opportunity to at the time to be interviewed for the second series of The Test after his controversial departure, but chose to stay silent.
‘I was never interviewed for it and that was a choice,’ Langer told the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘We discussed it and realised this documentary was a lot more specifically going to be about the players and their perspective.
‘I’m very interested to see how it’s presented. I’m hopeful there is respect shown for everyone, not just for me.
‘ I might watch it a bit, just the first episode or so, just to make sure it’s portrayed respectfully and decently.’