Cricket Australia has denied reports that head coach Justin Langer threw a tantrum during a “fiery” meeting after being told he may have to reapply for his job. Langer’s four-year contract expires in mid-2022 and there is speculation about his future, despite Australia’s recent success in the Ashes series and at the T20 World Cup. According to local media reports, Langer, whose intense management style sparked tensions in the dressing room last year, got “out of control” during talks with senior Cricket Australia staff about his future.
The 51-year-old was reportedly furious at the prospect of having to reapply for the job he took in 2018 when Australian cricket became entangled in the Sandpaper gate fraud scandal.
Cricket Australia confirmed that contract talks with Langer started last Friday, but rejected suggestions that the encounter was turning ugly.
“While we do not comment on confidential conversations, on this occasion we felt it was important to correct the record,” the governing body said in a statement.
“Among other false claims, we flatly reject the claim that the meeting was fervent or heated and that Justin was asked to reapply for his job.”
The governing body said it would make an announcement when contract talks are finalized.
Former lead-off hitter Langer has restored Australia’s cricketing pride after South Africa’s ball-tampering affair revealed the national team was plagued by a toxic mentality of winning at all costs.
But there have long been rumors of dissatisfaction with his “principal-esque” leadership style, and former captain Tim Paine revealed last August that players had complained to Langer about the matter.
Former captain Mark Taylor said he suspected there was a push for change within the Australian camp as Langer had achieved the goal of cleaning up team culture after the 2018 cheating scandal.
“(Now) there is a movement – perhaps by the players, perhaps by Cricket Australia itself – that (the) job is done, and it may be time for more of a man manager and less of an absolute cricket coach and disciplinary,” Taylor said. to Sydney’s 2GB radio.
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