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February 09, 2022 10:35:06
Pat Cummins has broken his silence on Justin Langer’s departure, calling his former manager’s apology to Australian players “unnecessary” and wondering if his style was “sustainable”.
The Australian Tests captain has come under fire from former players for what they perceived to be a lack of support for Langer before and after the coach’s resignation on Saturday, Reuters reports.
But Cummins released a statement on Wednesday in which he called Langer a cricketing “legend”.
The fast bowler has defended his decision not to speak out sooner, saying he would have put the team and Cricket Australia in an “impossible situation”.
“I believe in respecting the sanctity of the locker room and proper process,” Cummins said.
“Now that Justin has made the decision to step down and given his own public comments from Cricket Australia, I can offer some clarification.
“Justin recognized that his style was intense. And he was.
“He apologized to the players and staff for his intensity.
“I think the apology was unnecessary.
“Because the players agreed with the intensity of JL.
“It comes from a good place – and its fierce love for Australia and the baggy green – something that has served Australian cricket well for three decades.
“That’s what makes him a legend in the sport.
“And Justin’s intensity has led to better team culture and higher team standards.
“These are significant legacies of Justin Langer.
“And on behalf of the players, I thank Justin.
“More than that, we owe him a lot and Justin will be a welcome face in the dressing room going forward.
“His intensity was not the problem for the players and support staff.
“We were educated very well on how to play cricket the right way – the right Australian way.
“And players don’t need motivation because I’ve never played with more motivated cricketers.
“To be better players for Australia, from this strong base, we need a new style of coaching and skill set.
“These are the comments the players have given to Cricket Australia.”
Cummins also called CA’s call to only offer Langer a short-term contract as “courageous” given the team won the Twenty20 World Cup in November and followed it up with a demolition 4 -0 of the Ashes against England, reports Reuters.
Cummins praised Langer’s change in style over the past few months when speaking to reporters on Wednesday, but said there were question marks over how long this could continue.
“I think he tweaked quite a bit,” Cummins said. “He deserves a lot of credit for that.
“I think the question then became whether we think it’s sustainable. We thought it was a good time to make a change.”
The 28-year-old said former Australian big names such as Matthew Hayden and Mitchell Johnson were entitled to their opinion on the situation.
“Many former players have reached out to me and offered their advice in silence, which is welcome,” Cummins said.
“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 the former players, I want to say this: just as you have always defended your friends, I defend mine.