Justin Langer resigns as Australia Men’s Coach

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Justin Langer resigns as Australia Men's Coach
Justin Langer resigns as Australia Men's Coach

Justin Langer resigns as Australia Men’s Coach

Australian men’s coach Justin Langer has handed in his resignation, effective immediately.

Langer’s management company broke the news on Saturday, following a meeting with Cricket Australia on Friday afternoon.

The news comes after months of speculation surrounding the 51-year-old’s role, with reports of player unease met with crisis meetings as far back as August 2021.

Despite a perceived resolution, and positive results on the field, rumours of a frosty relationship between Langer and the playing group lingered, coming to a head on Friday when Langer met with the Cricket Australia board.

DSEG, who handle Langer’s affairs, confirmed the news via Twitter.

Cricket Australia revealed that Langer had been offered a short-term contract extension, which he rejected.

Andrew McDonald, an assistant coach under Langer, has been appointed head coach in the interim.

Cricket Australia statement:

“Cricket Australia accepted men’s team head coach Justin Langer’s resignation, which received today.”

“Justin was offered a short-term extension to his current contract, which sadly he has opted not to accept.

“CA would like to thank Justin for his outstanding leadership since he became Australian men’s team coach in 2018 and for guiding the team to the T20 World Cup title last year and the 4-0 Ashes victory.

“Justin is not only a legend of the game but an outstanding individual.

“The contract extension offered to Justin was the result of a thorough review process that evaluated many factors including future requirements of the team and the upcoming extensive schedule of fixtures.

“The extension approved by the CA Board and put to Justin last night. It included the opportunity to defend the T20 World Cup title in Australia at the end of this year.

“Justin informed CA this morning he was not accepting the offer and would resign with immediate effect.”

Langer took over as Australian coach in 2018, following the events of the national team’s tour to South Africa.

Since then, Australia retained the Ashes under his leadership in 2019, reaching the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup in the same year. In 2021, Australia claimed its first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. Before winning a home Ashes series in convincing fashion.

Langer was due to take personal leave during Australia’s five-match T20I series against Sri Lanka from February 11, with assistant Andrew McDonald overseeing operations.

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said:

“Justin has been an outstanding coach of the Australian men’s team over the past four years.”

“He has restored the trust in the team and his legacy assured.

“We are extremely proud of his achievements since he took over in 2018, including the recent T20 World Cup victory and Ashes success.

“We naturally disappointed Justin has decided against continuing as coach. But respect his decision and wish him all the best in the future.

“I would like to sincerely thank Justin and also his family. For all that they have given to Australian cricket over the past four years. For which we remain eternally grateful.”