After Justin Langer’s Australia lost to India 2-1 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, there are reports that many players in the dressing room are not apparently happy with the attitude of the coach.
The loss in the series against India had an effect on the future of Australian cricket with the Sydney Morning Herald reporting that multiple Australian players were fed up with Langer’s ‘headmaster-like’ approach.
The players complained that Langer instructed the pacers about the line and length during the third and fourth Test against India which the players didn’t like.
It came to a point that players were more comfortable talking to Andrew McDonald, the assistant coach, fearing Langer’s tantrums.
However, Langer rubbished the report saying nothing of that sort happened but he added that he is planning to get into bowling discussion from now on, especially after what happened in the last few months.
“It’s actually the opposite of what happens,” Langer told smh.com.au.
“I never talk about statistics to the bowlers, ever. I don’t go to any of the bowlers’ meetings. That’s what the bowlers’ coach is meant to be doing.
“I don’t do any of that. I never, ever, ever speak to any of the bowlers about any of that sort of stuff. And the learnings of the last few months I should start looking at that more.”
Langer reveals details of Sandwich-gate
The report stated that Langer fumed at a player carrying a sandwich in his pocket was, in fact, true with the Australian coach reporting that had reprimanded that individual for it wouldn’t look good on Australian cricket.
“You’re walking on against India, we’re trying to win a Test match and one of our players walks on with a toasted sandwich in his hand,” Langer said. “I spoke to [the player] about it at length yesterday. I said, ‘How do you reckon it looks, mate?’ Is that not something I should say?”