Australian captain Tim Paine (left) and coach Justin Langer.
Langer’s position is rapidly becoming untenable, with almost daily revelations of friction between the former starter and the playing group.
The move failed when players were paid twice what Langer earned, and he now acknowledges that he “should have reacted differently.”
Followed reports of an explosion between Langer and a Cricket Australia staff member during the recent tour of Bangladesh.
“There is no way to hide, it has been a difficult week, certainly much more difficult for Justin Langer than for anyone else,” Paine told SEN Radio..
From a story from Bangladesh about a discussion with an insider journalist and then to opening up a lot of old wounds in the media, although some leaked from where we think they are in, (I’m) disappointed in that.
“But at the end of the day, we have had discussions. If we are totally honest, what was reported was nothing new, this is something that has been taken from an Ashes series two or three years ago.”
Cricket Australia issued a statement earlier this week. endorsing Langer publiclyIt followed with a meeting between CEO Nick Hockley, President Earl Eddings, Paine, Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins to discuss the matter.
Paine says he has been in contact with Langer, who is in quarantine after the disastrous T20 campaign against the West Indies and Bangladesh.
“We have had ongoing discussions with ‘JL’, JL has had ongoing discussions with me and his players that we always want to improve,” Paine said.
“It’s been a bit embarrassing, I think in the last week a lot of the failures in Australian cricket have been attributed to JL. Certainly that’s not the case.”
At a training camp on the Gold Coast prior to the team’s departure for the Caribbean, Langer received some “confrontational” comments about his leadership style, and vowed to change his ways.
That promise is one of the reasons the confrontation with a staff member in Bangladesh has been so publicly dissected.
The fact that a player has leaked details of the incident will be of particular concern to Langer and Cricket Australia, ahead of an important period for the game.
the World Cup T20, which Australia has never won, takes place in October / November, followed by a home defense by the Ashes.
“We have had some really strong conversations between our leaders in the last few days and we are looking forward to the next six months with JL,” Paine explained.
“We are looking forward to the World Cup, we are looking forward to the Ashes, it is an exciting period for any cricketer. If anything, I think we are heading into that tournament and series even more galvanized and even closer together.”
Paine said it was beneficial to have a “tough and solid” conversation between the playgroup leaders and the CA heavyweights.
“It was important that I, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins and the Australian cricket leaders surround him, discuss the things that need to be discussed, and then we surround him and support him and look to move forward,” Paine said.
“There is no doubt that the week has been difficult for him, but as I said in the last few days, we have been able to push ourselves around him and have some really strong discussions about where we want to take this cricket team, what we expect from him.” him and what he expects of us. “
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