Former Australia head coach Justin Langer has opened up on the reasons for resigning from the job. On February 5, Langer stepped down as Australia coach despite CA offering him a short extension.
The former opening batter started his journey with the team after his predecessor Darren Lehmann resigned from the job due to the ball-tampering controversy in 2018. Since then, the team has seen the highs of Ashes retention in England in 2019, series victory at home against Pakistan and New Zealand, and the recent Ashes domination at home.
The team also witnessed the lows of the first-ever ODI series whitewash against England in 2018, two back-to-back Test series defeat against India at home. Meanwhile, as per reports, Langer stepped down as he felt that the players does not want him as Australia coach.
“Last night I was offered a short-term contract until the end of the T20 World Cup in Australia, with the sentiment of ‘going out on a high’,” Langer wrote, according to the report on The Australian newspaper.
“After careful consideration I have decided not to accept this contract renewal, and as a result I believe it is in everyone’s best interests for the Australian cricket team to begin the next chapter immediately.
“If media reports are correct, several senior players and a couple of support staff don’t support me moving forward, and it is now apparent the CA board, and you Nick, are also keen to see the team move in another direction. I respect that decision.”
“Whilst it is not up to me to judge, I hope Australians respect what has been achieved over the last four years in Australian cricket,” Langer added.
“From day one I believed it was possible to both win and play the game in the spirit that is now expected from our supporters.
“For the last four years it has been proven this can be achieved and I am very proud of the team for their efforts on and off the cricket field. I hope we have made Australians proud and earned respect from countries around the world.
“I am grateful that today, I am going out on a high. Hopefully a good job has been done and I wish the team every success for the future.”