Former Australian coach Justin Langer opens up on the fake war, the conspiracy theories, and the real 'killer' latest news-breaking news
Former Australian head coach Justin Langer has opened up on the flood of headlines that have followed him since his departure from the national cricket team, and his relationship with Test captain Pat Cummins. Writing exclusively for The West Australian,...
Former Australian head coach Justin Langer has opened up on the flood of headlines that have followed him since his departure from the national cricket team, and his relationship with Test captain Pat Cummins.
Writing exclusively for The West Australian, Langer has addressed his silence since leaving the public domain, and the “curated narrative” about his fallout with the players.
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“This rubbish dialogue of me fighting with the current team must stop. Simply because it is not true,” he wrote.
He said he was used to a vast array of headlines about himself - good and negative - but every story needed context.
“With each headline I read, all sorts of conspiracy theories raised their ugly heads. If you were to listen to the commentary, there were different angles on how I was somehow undermining our national team about to start their summer Test series,” Langer wrote.
“So the curated narrative about my fall out with the players continues to explode.”
The most recent, explosive headlines came after Langer spoke in a podcast to former West Coast player Will Schofield.
Langer, who is a board member of the club, revealed the podcast had been recorded at the start of the T20 World Cup and he thought it had been released weeks ago.
“(Will) told me there might be a bit of interest in my comments, or opinion, about ‘leaks’ and ‘sources’ in the media (so) he sent me five minutes of the hour-and-a-half long podcast to remind me of what I said.”
Langer then sent the grab to cricketers Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch and CA high performance manager Ben Oliver.
Langer also revealed he had “reached out” to Cummins a few days earlier to chat about cricket, and he was still in touch with 90 per cent of the team “in one way or another”.
“All good, happy encouraging, positive stuff - hardly a war, as is being depicted,” he said.
Langer also opened up on comment he made several months ago, when he thanked his mates for standing up for him in the media, with the addendum, “Imagine if (Cricket Australia) had”.
“Who in the world wouldn’t be happy if their mates stood up for them when you are getting battered and bruised? A truthful comment,” he wrote.
He admitted he wasn’t the perfect coach but the narrative that the current players and past players were at war was false.
“We all love Australian cricket. Of course, everyone has the right to their opinion, but ultimately everyone wants to see what is best for cricket in this country,” he said.
He said he was loyal to his mates and came “unstuck and touchy” when people criticised them.
“I also know how much of an impact the noise can have on people’s families. This is the killer,” he wrote.
“The shadow to my sceptical nature around the media noise is my protective loyal spirit and, for that, I will make no excuses. Anyone who knows me knows how loyal I am, and in a fight, I would like to think they would like me by their side.”
Langer has joined the Channel 7 commentary team and said he hoped he come across as “an Australian who loves the game of cricket, especially Australian cricket.
“I hope my knowledge of the game makes it interesting for the viewers and other cricket lovers like me.”
Read the full column in The West Australian.