Channel Seven tells Test Cricket stars they will NOT have to talk to Justin Langer on air after ex-coach blasted Pat Cummins and the ‘cowards’ who got him fired in a spray breathtaking
- It is revealed that Aussie Test players won’t have to speak to their former on-air coach
- It comes after Justin Langer’s stunning spray in which he called them ‘cowards’
- Channel 7 has confirmed that players will not have to interact with him during the broadcast
- The team are due to face the West Indies in a series of tests in Perth from November 30
The Test cricket stars have been told they won’t have to speak to Justin Langer on air during this summer’s series as the bitter feud between the players and the former Australia manager heats up.
Langer had been the scalp of free broadcaster Channel 7 for summer Tests against the West Indies and South Africa, setting the stage for awkward encounters with players he believed were behind him, being dumped without ceremony as a coach.
And that was before his stunning outburst against the current players, whom he branded ‘cowards’ for their role in ousting him from the side.
Fortunately for these players, it was revealed that the broadcaster would not force them to interact with their former on-air coach, according to News Corp.
Australian players like Pat Cummins (right) will not have to interact with former manager Justin Langer (right) during Channel 7’s broadcast of the Test series after Langer’s extraordinary rant on a podcast on which he called the players “cowards” for their role. in his demise as a coach
Justin Langer resigned as Australia manager in February this year after Cricket Australia only offered him a short-term extension. with most players saying his coaching style was too intense
As the Test series kicks off in Langer’s hometown of Perth next Wednesday, the former Baggy Green legend-turned-coach will step behind the microphone to add his expert analysis of the game.
Seven’s decision could be tied to fears that Langer is using the platform to keep grinding his ax and going up against the “cowards” he referred to.
“Everyone was nice to me, but I was reading about it,” Langer said on Wednesday’s explosive episode of the BackChat podcast.
‘A lot of journalists use the word ‘source’. I would say, change that word to “coward”. Because what do you mean by a source?
“They either have an ax to grind with someone and they won’t come and say it to your face or they’re just leaking stuff for their own agenda,” was the astonishing escalation of tension in Langer, who eventually began to simmer.
Langer also claimed that none of Cricket Australia’s players or staff had given him any comment on his intense coaching style.
Australian skipper Pat Cummins, who is preparing to lead the team against the West Indies in a series of tests next week, has been called up by Langer
“I spoke to Pat Cummins. He said to me about five times, ‘That could be brutally honest,’ he said.
“I said, ‘Pat, there’s nothing blunt about your comments. What is brutal is that I hear it behind my back through the media or sources. Nobody tells me. Say it to me.
The claim was strongly refuted by Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley, who spoke bluntly of his “disappointment” at Langer’s comments.
“We have not commented to date other than to correct inaccuracies, of which there are a number in Justin’s comments,” Hockley said.
Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley strongly refutes Langer’s version of events, saying there are a ‘number of inaccuracies’
“Regular formal and informal opportunities to provide and receive feedback have taken place throughout his tenure, which is consistent with a high performance environment.
“Following a thorough process, Justin was offered a short-term contract extension, which he rejected.
“I’m disappointed with Justin’s comments unfairly criticizing some of our players. The player group knows they have my full support,” Hockley said.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, skipper Pat Cummins – the player most in the spotlight after Langer’s awful departure – is said to be “perplexed” by Langer’s comments.
Probably because the players are keen to focus on the next round of testing against an ever-unpredictable West Indian side.
Despite a daub of the ODI series against England, the Australian men’s team have found themselves in the headlines for a host of negative reasons lately; whether it was about Cummins demanding the drop of a $40 million energy sponsor, or insisting the team was too “tired to care” about their home T20 World Cup failure.