Justin Langer has denounced the “bullshit policy” within Cricket Australia, particularly targeting interim chairman Richard Freudenstein.
- Langer quit as coach in February
- He claimed his ‘energy’ and ‘focus’ had been derailed by Cricket Australia
- He said the past six months had been “ironically” the most enjoyable of his 12-year coaching career.
Langer quit as manager of the Australian men’s team in February after being offered a contract extension of just six months after guiding Australia to the T20 World Cup and Champions League glory. Ashes.
A rumored rift in Langer’s relationship with a core of senior players led Cricket Australia to push the 51-year-old out.
A host of Australia’s biggest Test players including Mark Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden and the late Shane Warne blasted the governing body for the way it treated Langer.
The anger Langer felt about his treatment was still evident on Wednesday when he recalled the conversation he had with Freudenstein the day after he resigned as Australia coach.
“The first thing he said to me was, ‘It must make you so happy that all your friends are supporting you in the media,'” Langer said at a Chamber of Commerce and Industry event. WA in Perth.
“I said, ‘Yes it is, Acting Chairman, but with all due respect, these friends are also the greatest in Australian cricket. They are the fabric of Australian cricket. They are Australian cricket. world of cricket.
“So yeah, I’m glad my homies are taking care of me. Imagine if you had [offered support].
“Ironically, the last six months of my coaching career have been the most enjoyable period of my 12 years of coaching.
Cricket Australia have since named Andrew McDonald as Langer’s replacement.
After Langer’s resignation, his name was immediately linked with the England coaching job.
Langer, whose pride and passion for Australia is well known, made it clear he never considered the role.
“I’ve never spoken to English cricket,” Langer said, shaking his head.
“The idea of coaching England… buddy!”
Langer said he was unsure what his next move would be, but said staying in Western Australia with his family was his priority.
“I love WA. I love being home. I haven’t been there in 31 years,” he said.
Langer, who is a member of the AFL West Coast club board, backed Eagles general manager Trevor Nisbett and coach Adam Simpson despite the disastrous 1-9 start to the year.