Cricket Australia DENY Justin Langer ‘had a meltdown over re-applying for own head coach role’


Cricket Australia have moved quickly to rubbish reports that Justin Langer is at loggerheads with the board over his future as head coach, insisting that talks on Friday were not ‘heated’.

It was reported by outlets in Australia on Monday that Langer had a ‘meltdown’ with Cricket Australia during Friday’s meeting after being told that he may have to re-apply for his role as head coach – a position he has held since 2018.

They added that, despite leading his country to a recent T20 World Cup title and Ashes triumph, an ever-increasing divide between Langer and his players – in both red-ball and white-ball cricket – had developed with many unhappy at his ‘intense and inconsistent micro-management style’. 

The reported friction hadn’t gone unnoticed by the CA hierarchy, who are reluctant to offer the 51-year-old a new long-term deal. His current contract expires in June.

Cricket Australia have slammed reports that Justin Langer had a ‘heated’ meeting with them

Langer reportedly had a meltdown after being told he may have to re-apply as head coach

Langer reportedly had a meltdown after being told he may have to re-apply as head coach

However, in an unusual move by CA they have categorially denied tempers being flared on both sides on Friday and that Langer wouldn’t have to reapply for the position like a new candidate if he were to carry on.

‘There were a number of inaccuracies in a story written by Tom Morris on the Fox Sports website on Monday concerning a meeting between Australian men’s team Head Coach Justin Langer, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley and EGM of High Performance and National Teams Ben Oliver on Friday,’ CA said in a statement released on Tuesday morning.

‘While we do not comment on confidential conversations, we felt on this occasion it was important to correct the record.

‘Among other false claims, we reject outright the assertion that the meeting was fiery or heated and that Justin was asked to reapply for his job.

‘Justin has always been contracted as Head Coach through to the middle of this year and we have consistently maintained that discussions around the future of the role would commence following the conclusion of the men’s Ashes series.

‘Friday’s meeting was the first time that we had the opportunity to meet together in person, reflect on the team’s success and discuss the road ahead.

‘We will continue with this process and make an announcement once it is complete.’

On Monday, Fox Sports and The Sydney Morning Herald both claimed that Langer has been left incensed by how he is being treated, especially in light of his recent successes in both red-ball and white-ball cricket.

Within the last three months, Australia have won an unlikely T20 World Cup and thumped England 4-0 on home soil in the Ashes – both under Langer’s tutelage.

However, those victories have done little to fix the reported mutiny within the Australian dressing room – an issue that dates back to August 2021.

Fox Sports stated that Langer – who is also a reported target of the ECB’s to replace the under-fire Chris Silverwood as England head coach – would reject a 12 to 14-month arrangement, which would take in three sub-continental tours, a home T20 World Cup, next summer’s Test opponents South Africa and the West Indies, plus the 2023 Ashes.

Both publications claimed that during a meeting held between Langer and Cricket Australia chiefs on Friday, the head coach had a ‘meltdown’ when told of where they stood on his future.

The 51-year-old head coach steered Australia to T20 World Cup glory in November

The 51-year-old head coach steered Australia to T20 World Cup glory in November 

He then backed that up by guiding Australia to a comprehensive 4-0 series win in the Ashes

He then backed that up by guiding Australia to a comprehensive 4-0 series win in the Ashes

It’s been noted by many Down Under that a plethora of senior players within both the red-ball and white-ball set-ups have failed to publicly endorse Langer to carry on in the role – further highlighting the reported mutiny.

The most telling voices are Test captain Pat Cummins and one-day skipper Aaron Finch, who have praised his work but haven’t backed a contract extension.

Following the problems last August, Langer was forced to take a lesser role within the Australian camp, with assistant coaches Andrew McDonald and Michael Di Venuto running the team with input from the senior players.

And the Sydney Morning Herald added that players fear that McDonald and Di Venuto would leave the set-up if Langer is given a contract renewal, with the two coaches credited with bringing a much calmer approach to proceedings.

Developments are set to gather pace, even in light of CA’s statement, with Australia ready to tour Pakistan for the first time in 24 years in March. 

Reports on Monday ended that Langer wanted his situation resolved well before then and could reportedly leave his post if it isn’t.

Test captain Pat Cummins (right) has failed to publicly endorse Langer for a contract extension

Test captain Pat Cummins (right) has failed to publicly endorse Langer for a contract extension



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