There has been a controversy that has enveloped Justin Langer and the Australian cricket team. He was bracketed as a ‘coward’ and there were details of a supposed rift that became known to the media. This happened after he stepped down as coach of the Australian Cricket Team. Langer on his part has reiterated the fact that he maintains good relations with the current crop of Australian players.
Now ahead of the first Test Match involving West Indies and Australia, Langer has found an ally in the form of Aussie pace spearhead Mitchell Starc. He has tried to set things straight about the matter. Starc was an important part of the Test setup for Australia when Langer was the coach. Langer coached the Kangaroos for four years before calling it quits.
This is what Starc had to say about Langer as told to EspnCricinfo, “I have a pretty good relationship with Langer. We exchanged text messages post the (T20) World Cup. I’m pretty comfortable with my relationship with JL,” Under Langer, the Aussies won their maiden 20-20 World Cup title in 2021 in the UAE. They also won an Ashes series in 2021-2022 and also reached the Number One ranking in Tests. He left the coaching role in February 2022.
It is not going to distract us – Mitchell Starc
Starc also talked about another angle which could potentially affect the Test match which will be played against the West Indies. The first Test will be held in Western Australia in Perth which happens to be the home turf for Langer. Langer has also coached the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League, which is Australia’s, Premier T20 League.
“Was mentioned that there could be some noise around it obviously being in the west and with JL having a commentary spot. We’re comfortable…spend a lot of time together as a three format group. It’s all preparation for this Test match. Not too much is going to distract us. I’m sure we’ll see (Langer) at the ground and throughout the summer,” Starc elaborated.