Aussie cricket star warns ‘much more to come’ in Justin Langer’s fight against ‘cowards’ who cost him his coaching job – as Ricky Ponting is touted as peacemaker this summer
- Australia faces a civil war between former coach and players this summer
- Langer has been appointed as a new member of Channel 7’s commentary team
- That puts him on a collision course with the players who got him ousted
- A former player believes that things will get worse before they get better
The already tense situation between Australian cricketers and former coach Justin Langer is reaching boiling point as the former Test opener is confirmed to be part of Channel 7’s commentary team.
Former Test batsman and Cricket Australia assistant coach Brad Haddin fears the war of words between players and Langer could get much uglier.
Ricky Ponting is likely to be key to resolving the friction between Justin Langer and Cricket Australia as the former teammates reunite in media roles this summer.
Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer photographed during an Australian Cricket Hall of Fame presentation at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Long-time Australian teammates Ponting and Langer developed a strong bond that could prove influential in the coming weeks.
Langer’s explosive interview about his ugly exit as coach has sparked a potential firestorm ahead of Australia’s first Test in Perth on Wednesday.
He called out players he labeled “cowards” for leaking against him to the media during his tenure.
Langer is set to take center stage on Channel 7’s coverage of the Test summer, which kicks off in the 52-year-old’s home state and could attract extra attention.
“Punter kept JL very even,” one current player told The Sydney Morning Herald.
According to Brad Haddin, another member of the coaching staff for England’s 2019 World Cup and Ashes tour, private talks between Langer and the current players are needed to break the cycle of negativity that has reached a new high.
“This is just a really ugly situation,” Haddin told Triple M.
‘This has been going on now for some time, it’s been going on for over 12 months. It takes it to a new level. Obviously, at some point in his tenure, he lost the locker room. Whatever your opinion on it, it happened, it’s fact.
“But to have this still going after 10 months, this is a guy who has played 100 Tests for Australia, he’s been a very successful coach. Yeah, it ended up messy and as it stands, there still much more to come out
Australia assistant coach Brad Haddin during a press conference at The Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
Despite the publication of the interview, Langer and Cummins have been in communication for some weeks.
Haddin said more private talks would be needed to find a solution.
‘I don’t know where they go from there, what they want the playoffs to be. Do we want to play this out in public, is it time for them to come behind closed doors and really do it?’ he asked.
Because we all love the game and it hasn’t been running for a few weeks. There’s obviously a lot of tension there and maybe this can be the catalyst to end it.’
Australia opening batsman Justin Langer (R) and captain Ricky Ponting (L) walk up the crease after Ponting was hit in the face by a ball from England’s Steve Harmison
Langer has dismissed suggestions he is at war with Pat Cummins and other Australian cricketers following his interview.
He told 7News Perth: ‘Ironically I spoke to Patty on Monday, we had a long chat about how the team was doing, how he’s doing, how his family is doing. And some of this garbage is utter rubbish.
‘I have so much respect for Patty Cummins, I think he’s a brilliant player, I think he’s an excellent person. So any thought that there is war between Patty and I couldn’t be further from the truth.’