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Justin Langer was quick to criticize Cricket Australia after his messy departure as Australia’s cricket coach.
Justin Langer has denounced the “bull politics” within Cricket Australia, particularly targeting Cricket Australia interim chairman Richard Freudenstein.
Langer quit coaching Australia in February after being offered an insulting six-month contract extension as he guided the team to the T20 World Cup and Ashes glory.
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A rumored rift in Langer’s relationship with a core of senior players led to CA’s decision to push the 51-year-old out.
A host of Australia’s biggest Test players, including Mark Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden and the late Shane Warne, lambasted CA for the way he treated Langer.
The anger Langer felt about his CA treatment was still evident on Wednesday when he recalled the conversation he had with Freudenstein the day after his resignation as Australia coach.
“The first thing he said to me was, ‘It must make you feel so good that all your friends are supporting you in the media,'” Langer said at a WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry event. in Perth.
“I said, ‘Yeah, that’s right, acting chairman, but with all due respect, these friends are also the greatest in Australian cricket. They are the fabric of Australian cricket. These are Australian crickets. They also work all over the world in cricket. So yeah, I’m glad my buddies take care of me. Imagine if you had ‘.
“Ironically, the last six months of my coaching career have been the most enjoyable period of my 12 years of coaching.
“Not only did we win everything, but I had energy, and I was focused, and I was happy – plus bulls… politics.”
Australia have since named Andrew McDonald as Langer’s replacement.
After his resignation, Langer’s name was immediately linked to the England coaching job.
Langer, whose pride and passion for Australia is well known, made it clear he never considered the role.
“I’ve never spoken to English cricket,” Langer said.
“The idea of coaching England (shakes his head fervently)…man!”
Langer is unsure what his next move will be, but said staying in Western Australia with his family was his priority.
“I love WA. I love being home. I haven’t been home for 31 years,” he said.
Langer, who is a member of the AFL West Coast club board, backed Eagles general manager Trevor Nisbett and coach Adam Simpson despite the disastrous 1-9 start to the year.