Australian cricketer star warns there’s ‘much more to come’ in Justin Langer’s fight against the ‘cowards’ who cost him his coaching job – as Ricky Ponting is touted as a peacemaker this summer
- Australia faces civil war between ex-coach and players this summer
- Langer has been named the newest member of Channel 7’s commentary team
- This puts him on a collision course with the players who had ousted him
- Former player thinks things will get worse before they get better
The already tense situation between Australian cricketers and former manager Justin Langer is set to come to a boiling point with the former Test opener 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 the players and Langer could get much uglier.
Ricky Ponting is likely to play a key role in resolving friction between Justin Langer and Cricket Australia as the former teammates reunite in media roles this summer.
Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer pictured during an Australian Cricket Hall of Fame presentation at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Longtime Australian teammates Ponting and Langer have developed a strong bond which could prove influential in the weeks to come.
Langer’s explosive interview about his ugly exit as a coach sparked a potential firestorm ahead of Australia’s first Test in Perth on Wednesday.
He called the players he called “cowards” for leaking information against him to the media during his tenure.
Langer is set to take center stage in Channel 7’s summer test coverage, which begins in the 52-year-old’s home state and could attract additional attention.
“Punter has kept JL very balanced,” a current player told the Sydney Morning Herald.
According to Brad Haddin, another member of the coaching staff for the England World Cup and the Ashes tour in 2019, private talks between Langer and current players are needed to break the cycle of negativity that has reached a new level. Mountain peak.
“It’s just a really ugly situation,” Haddin told Triple M.
“It’s been going on now for a while, it’s been going on for over 12 months. This 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 is a fact.
“But for that to continue after 10 months, he’s a guy who’s played 100 Tests for Australia, he’s been a very successful coach.” Yes, it ended in a mess and from the looks of it, there’s still a lot to do
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 a few weeks.
Haddin said more private discussions would be needed to find a solution.
“I don’t know where they go from there, what they want the endgame to be. Do we want to play this in public, is it time they got behind closed doors and really bonkers? He asked.
Because we all love the game and it hasn’t been for a few weeks. There’s obviously a lot of tension there, and maybe that can be the catalyst to end it.
Australian fly-half Justin Langer (R) and captain Ricky Ponting (L) run up the crease after Ponting was hit in the face by a ball from England’s Steve Harmison
Langer dismissed suggestions that he was at war with Pat Cummins and other Australian cricketers after 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 was doing, how his family was doing.” And some of that garbage is complete and utter garbage.
“I have so much respect for Patty Cummins, I think she’s a brilliant player, I think she’s an exceptional human being.” So any thought that there is a war between Patty and me couldn’t be further from the truth.