As the Ashes come to an end, Shane Warne has encouraged Cricket Australia to “sign” off-contract Australian coach Justin Langer while Michael Vaughan believes “player power” has too much to say.
After nearly a year of negative headlines and internal leaks regarding Langer’s coaching style, the former Australian southpaw’s future is reaching a climax.
Langer’s contract expires after Australian tour in Pakistan.
But the reluctance of CA boss Nick Hockley and newly appointed test captain Pat Cummins to endorse Langer to continue coaching the national team in recent weeks has continued to put the coach’s future in the headlines.
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It was in August that CA released a statement reiterating that Langer would see his contract and that winning a first T20 World Cup and keeping the Ashes was everyone’s goal, including the coach.
The statement came after further leaks voicing dissatisfaction with Langer’s intensity and mood swings.
A few days later, Australian cricket leaders had crucial meetings with Langer where it was made clear that the coach needed to change his methods.
Langer remained a coach, but took a step back and allowed his assistant coaches, including Andrew McDonald and Michael Di Venuto, to take on more responsibility as the management group also intensified.
Despite Australia’s remarkable World Cup victory, which came after the T20 series losses to West Indies and Bangladesh in the winter, and a landslide victory in the Ashes series, Langer’s position is still open to debate.
As revealed by Fox Cricket’s Tom Morris, key executives including Cummins and David Warner are supporting Australian coach and World Cup winner Trevor Bayliss in taking the reins.
But Warne believes Langer has accomplished everything he’s asked of him as a coach and says he should be reappointed as coach.
“I don’t know what everyone is expecting,” Warne told Fox Cricket. “He should be listed in my opinion because he did such a good job.
“We’re not in the locker room so we don’t know all the details, but I think the only way to judge a coach is by performance and has Australian cricket improved? Is the best in cricket better nationally? Is there a group of players? There are probably three or four players outside of this squad now who could all play and that wasn’t there a few years ago.
“On the other side of the coin, coaches also have a lifespan because they cannot inject as much. He’s been there for four years, but, for me, I don’t know what they’re waiting for.
Vaughan, who took over from Nasser Hussain and led England to a win over the Ashes drought in 2005, believes Langer can evolve over time.
But, most importantly, Vaughan says Langer provided the needed edge in the wake of the embarrassing and controversial ball tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in 2018.
“He’s evolved into a different style of coaching, you can see that clearly,” said Vaughan, during a long discussion about the future of the coach alongside Warne and Adam Gilchrist.
“You (Gilchrist) just pointed out that he was smiling. We didn’t see any smiles a few years ago and you know what, when it took over, Australian cricket couldn’t smile. Just look at the time he took over: Sandpaper Gate in Cape Town and all of a sudden he had to bring a method, he had to create a culture, he created that and sometimes when you do that you are will not be everyone’s cup of tea. He could upset one or both.
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Vaughan, who was considered a tactical mastermind on the cricket pitch and has since carved out a successful career as a cricketer expert, believes players have too much to say in the modern age.
“I’m going to be totally honest with you, I think there is too much playing power,” Vaughan continued.
“I think there is too much power of the players at all levels.
“I hear it too much in the English game, across the counties, the national teams, I hear it in the franchise system that not all players like the coach because it is not an atmosphere enough friendly and not pleasant. High performance sport is all about winning and I’ve always believed as a sportsman sometimes, not in all characters, but there are a lot of characters that need to be on the lookout, they need to have that little edge and that is created by the captain, the coach, sometimes by the environment and it inspires you to perform better.
During Amazon The test Documentary, Usman Khawaja told Langer at the start of his coaching tenure that the group of players are “walking on eggshells” around him.
This theme continued and insiders believe the damage has been done, with a new environment the playgroup sought out.
Still, Vaughan believes tension can be a good thing and has said ex-Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes the recipe is a formula for success in professional sport.
“He (Ferguson) thinks that to play at the top level it’s important that you have that motivation and sometimes that motivation comes from being on eggshells in the squad and that means you get to every session. workout you have a point to prove, ”Vaughan said.
“If you don’t have this point to prove, sometimes you can get complacent. And I have never been in a dressing room with Justin Langer so I can’t say ultimately but from me looking from the outside it seems to me that he creates an atmosphere that you could be on eggshells and you might be right to prove it.
“He’s probably not going to make you smoke the smoke every day, but is that a bad thing?” “
Warne added, “Is a coach there to be loved? I wouldn’t have thought so. I would not have thought that the coach who is there is respected in his role. If some players don’t like you, I think that’s okay. You are not there to make friends.
Discussion about Langer’s future also comes from England who are debating whether to leave Chris Silverwood after their miserable Ashes campaign.
England captain Joe Root has backed Silverwood to continue, but few believe he will survive their disastrous 2021.
Langer’s intense methods are the antithesis of Silverwood’s ‘arm around you’ approach and many believe the Aussie’s discipline is necessary in English cricket.
“England would catch him, wouldn’t they?” Warne asked.
“I would definitely try to phone Justin Langer to have him potentially as a consultant if an opportunity arose in English cricket,” Vaughan replied.
Langer’s former teammate and one of his closest friends, Gilchrist, have said he believes the coach is adjusting and ticked the boxes to have a say in his own future.
“I think he ticked all the boxes that were asked of him,” Gilchrist said.
“He seems to be showing signs of willingness to change and evolve with the feedback, the honest feedback, which he was able to possibly solicit through the players rather than through the media, and that’s kind of the problem that keeps coming back. in the press, maybe not the initial conversations.