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‘Strolling on eggshells’: Australian gamers have been ‘afraid’ of Justin Langer

‘Strolling on eggshells’: Australian gamers have been ‘afraid’ of Justin Langer


The Australian cricket workforce has shed extra gentle on what led to Justin Langer’s departure as coach, revealing gamers have been “strolling on eggshells” round him.

Cricket Australia and Langer mutually agreed to half methods final February after gamers expressed issues over his teaching model and Langer rejected a diminished contract extension.

It got here as a shock, given Australia had received the T20 World Cup for the primary time and retained the Ashes with a dominant 4-0 collection win over England at dwelling.

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Each of these triumphs occurred underneath Langer’s watch, though many imagine his successor Andrew McDonald was successfully in control of the workforce after Langer was informed to chill his intense teaching model.

Now the complete extent of Langer’s passionate methods have been detailed within the second season of the documentary collection The Check, which premieres on Amazon Prime on Friday.

“There was loads of guys who don’t converse up, who don’t discuss, and have been afraid of JL,” Usman Khawaja says within the documentary.

“That’s the reality.”

Nathan Lyon described Langer’s teaching model as an emotional rollercoaster.

“I’ve all the time stated you possibly can by no means criticise somebody who’s extraordinarily passionate in what they do, and that’s precisely what JL is,” Lyon stated.

“Did I wrestle with a few of the ups and downs? Yeah. Most likely the largest suggestions from myself was simply emotional ranges (from) JL.”

Warner stated: “Individuals categorical ardour in several methods and his was driving each ball.”

Ashton Agar added: “It was type of on the level the place JL realised he needed to pull again massively and he did that.”

“Gamers and workers actually crave consistency,” Australian captain Pat Cummins stated in The Check.

“During the last couple of years, there have been occasions when the surroundings simply wasn’t that.

“Some individuals felt like they have been strolling on eggshells.

“The gamers wished to create their very own surroundings and it’s us taking accountability for the workforce.”

The gamers stated Langer took a again seat and did every thing requested of him, however they have been clearly anticipating a change.

“JL was given suggestions from the senior gamers in our group round sure issues they wished him to enhance on I suppose as a coach,” Mitch Marsh stated.

“He listened and he did every thing that was requested of him because the enjoying group.”

Khawaja added: “I genuinely imagine that JL introduced humility again into the Australian cricket workforce.”

Talking to information.com.au forward of the documentary’s premiere, gamers have been reluctant to criticise Langer by title, as a substitute emphasising Andrew McDonald is the appropriate coach for now and praising the tradition of the present Australian workforce.

The workforce raved about their mantra of “personal your house”, which refers to permitting each participant to be themselves and prepare and put together how they need to, even when which means not warming up.

“I felt like definitely since Andrew McDonald got here in it’s been in all probability somewhat bit extra like that in comparison with prior,” Marnus Labuschagne informed information.com.au.

“It’s been an important surroundings for a very long time now during the last couple of years and I feel that’s continued now with Andrew and Pat in cost,” Mitchell Starc stated.

“Simply the liberty to precise yourselves as gamers and folks off the sphere. It’s proven on the sphere as a gaggle. To see the grins on faces and the enjoyment of the group and one another’s success.

“The efficiency we’ve placed on over quite a few collection now speaks to that.”

Cummins stated: “In the event you’re within the Australian cricket workforce, you recognize your recreation fairly effectively.

“You recognize what makes your self tick. You’re not coping with youngsters.”

Langer featured closely within the first season of The Check, coming throughout as a demanding coach within the mould of a stern English soccer supervisor.

However he isn’t interviewed within the second instalment — the gamers are entrance and centre, which is probably a mirrored image of them taking “possession” and “accountability” for the workforce.

Labuschagne insisted neither Langer or McDonald’s teaching kinds are “improper or proper”, however merely go well with totally different groups at totally different phases.

“It’s simply totally different,” the Australian No. 3 batter stated.

“Two totally different paths. Two totally different individuals going about teaching otherwise. There’s by no means a improper or proper.

“I feel for this workforce and proper now, Andrew McDonald’s completed an important job in creating a snug house for everybody to go about their enterprise.

“However this can be a a lot totally different to the workforce that first performed in 2019. So it’s arduous to go, ‘would this strategy have labored again then?’ Perhaps, possibly not.

“However proper now for this workforce, the strategy we now have now’s actually balancing effectively.”

Australia wrapped up an unbeaten summer time at dwelling, sealing 2-0 collection victories over the West Indies and South Africa.

The subsequent job is a frightening tour of India subsequent month earlier than an away Ashes collection within the UK.

Australia hasn’t received a collection in India or England in 20 years.



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