Pat Cummins breaks silence over Justin Langer’s resignation
Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins broke his silence on head coach Justin Langer’s resignation on Wednesday, saying the team required a fresh coaching style going forward.
The pacer also said that all of the support personnel and athletes gave this feedback, and in the end, it’s about Cummins standing tall with his team.
Cricket Australia accepted Justin Langer’s resignation as head coach of the men’s squad on Saturday.
“Justin was offered a short-term extension to his current contract, which sadly he has opted not to accept,” stated an official Cricket Australia release.
After this, former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson named Cummins as “gutless” and said the Test skipper want to bring his own coach.
“Many former players have reached out to me and silently offered me their advice, which is welcome. Some others have spoken in the media – which is also welcome and comes from a love of the game and their support of a mate. To all past players, I want to say this: Just as you have always stuck up for your mates, I’m sticking up for mine,” Cummins said in his statement, which he released one hour prior to speaking to the media on Wednesday.
“There has been much public comment since Justin Langer’s resignation as coach of the Australian cricket team. For good reason, I have not made a public comment before today. Now that a decision has been made by Justin to resign and given his own public comments and others by Cricket Australia, I can provide some clarity,” he added.
In his statement, Cummins further said:
“Justin has acknowledged his style was intense. He has apologized to players and staff for his intensity. And I think the apology was unnecessary because the players were okay with JL’s intensity. His intensity was not the issue for the players and support staff. To be better players of Australia, from this solid foundation, we need a new style of coaching and skill set.”
“This was the feedback the players gave to Cricket Australia. And it is the feedback I understand the support staff also gave. CA has made a brave call to transition, given the team has been winning. I take this responsibility seriously. I live and breathe it. We also have a duty to our mates,” he added.
Langer was appointed as the men’s team coach in 2018. Australia won the T20 World Cup in 2021 and subsequently the Ashes under Langer’s guidance.