Australian head coach Justin Langer said he cannot ‘ignore’ reports that the senior cricketers in the camp were frustrated with his coaching style, saying it is a ‘wake-up call’, adding that these criticisms have come across a few days will be a great gift. weeks or months. Australia’s disappointing show against India in the Test series has seen many spots under the scanner and, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, senior players find former all-rounder and assistant coach Andrew McDonald more approachable than Langer.
“Of course I’m not going to ignore this, and it’s definitely a wake-up call. Whenever I end this coaching career, I hope I still call myself a budding coach … I will see this criticism as a great gift in a few weeks or months, ”quoted ESPNcricinfo Langer.
“My greatest mentors in life are the people who told me the truth and who were the hardest against me, and I’ve always needed that honest feedback. I may not have liked it at the time, but it is so, so valuable “he added. .
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted sources as saying some senior cricketers are irritated by Langer’s micromanagement within the Australian camp. Questions have also been raised about his interaction with the bowlers.
But Langer denied micro-management Australian bowlers saying he never attends bowlers’ meetings or talks to them about the statistics.
“Leadership is not a popularity contest. If players just want someone to tickle their stomach all the time, then I am not doing my job,” said the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s basically the opposite of what’s happening. I never talk about statistics with the bowlers. I don’t go to any of the bowlers’ meetings. That’s what the bowlers coach has to do,” he added.
After losing the four-game test run 2-1 against India, Langer had credited the visiting side by saying that nothing can be taken for granted and that the Indian cricket team should never be underestimated.
The board of Cricket Australia will meet on Friday for the first time since the end of the loss in the series against India.
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