Justin Langer under pressure to change coaching style after end-of-season review

Australia head coach Justin Langer must change his coaching style if he is to continue in his role, an end-of-season review of cricket Down Under has warned.

A report based on a source in the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ said the 50-year-old had received ‘strong and direct’ feedback – drawn from 40 players and support staff – on his coaching style in the frame. from the regular end of the team. seasonal reviews.

Earlier this year, after an under-strength India came from behind to hammer Australia 2-1 in their own den, some players had expressed displeasure with Langer’s managerial style due to his intensity and his mood swings.

Langer was named head coach on a four-year deal in 2018 after Darren Lehmann resigned following the ball tampering scandal.

The players also expressed their displeasure with team manager Gavin Dovey.

Langer’s response to feedback from the rest of the year will decide whether he gets a new contract.

“It is effectively identical to the process undertaken before the last World Cup and the Ashes of 2019, where the team performed very well,” CA national teams boss Ben Oliver said in a statement to the publication. .

“It’s part of our ongoing commitment to improvement on and off the pitch and we hope it will have a similar benefit in preparing the team for the upcoming T20 World Cup and the Ashes at home,” he said. -he adds.

The report says leadership consultant Tim Ford, who oversaw the reinstatement of Steve Smith and David Warner to the team two years ago after ball tampering bans, also conducted a second review process.

“Ford interviewed players virtually towards the end of the season at home, with their responses to remain anonymous.”

“…in an in-depth review, which checked on the well-being of the players at the end of a difficult season, he asked their opinion on the values ​​of the team and what needed to be updated since the last time they went through the process with him two years ago.”

He will deliver the report’s findings to team leaders Tim Paine, Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch next week.

“Langer will also receive feedback from Ford’s report, although the feedback was not as harsh as the end-of-season player review,” the media report said.

Assistant coach Andrew McDonald received good reviews from players, saying he was more approachable.

“Contrary to reports from the locker room during the Australian summer, the players spoke enthusiastically in public about the team’s atmosphere and environment under McDonald’s, who members of the Test team had turned to in because of its more accessible way.”