Aussie cricket star warns there is ‘much more to come’ in Justin Langer’s fight against ‘cowards’ who cost him his coaching job – as Ricky Ponting is hailed as a peacemaker this summer
- Australia faces a civil war between former coach and players this summer
- Langer has been appointed as a new member of Channel 7’s commentary team
- That puts him on a collision course with the players who got him kicked out
- A former player believes things are going to get worse before they get better
The already tense situation between Australian cricketers and former coach Justin Langer is reaching boiling point with the former Test opener confirmed to be part of Channel 7’s commentary team.
Former Test batsman and Cricket Australia assistant coach Brad Haddin fears the war of words between players and Langer could get much uglier.
Ricky Ponting is likely to be key in resolving the friction between Justin Langer and Cricket Australia when the former teammates reunite in media roles this summer.
Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer pictured during an Australian Cricket Hall of Fame presentation at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Long-time Australian teammates Ponting and Langer developed a strong bond that could prove influential in the weeks ahead.
Langer’s explosive interview about his ugly exit as coach has sparked a potential firestorm ahead of Australia’s first Test in Perth on Wednesday.
He called out players he branded “cowards” for leaking against him to the media during his tenure.
Langer will be central to Channel 7’s coverage of the test summer, which starts in the 52-year-old’s home state and could attract extra attention.
“Punting kept JL very even,” one current player told The Sydney Morning Herald.
According to Brad Haddin, another member of the coaching staff for England’s 2019 World Cup and Ashes tour, private talks between Langer and the current players are needed to break the cycle of negativity that has reached a new high.
“This is just a very ugly situation,” Haddin told Triple M.
“This has been going on for a while now, this has been going on for over 12 months. It takes it to a new level. Apparently at some point during his tenure he lost the changing room. Whatever your opinion about it, it happened, that’s the fact.
“But to have this still going on after 10 months, this is a guy who has played 100 Tests for Australia, he’s been a very successful coach. Yes, it ended messy, and it looks like there’s still a lot more to come out
Australia assistant coach Brad Haddin during a press conference at The Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
Despite the publication of the interview, Langer and Cummins have been in communication for a few weeks.
Haddin said more private talks would be needed to find a solution.
“I don’t know where they go from there, what they want the playoffs to be. Do we want to play this out in public, is it time for them to go behind closed doors and really do this? he asked.
Because we all love the game and this hasn’t been going on for a couple of weeks. There’s obviously a lot of tension there, and maybe this could be the catalyst to end it.
Australia’s opening batsman Justin Langer (R) and captain Ricky Ponting (L) walk onto the ground after Ponting was hit in the face by a ball from England’s Steve Harmison
Langer has dismissed suggestions he is at war with Pat Cummins and other Australian cricketers after the interview.
He told 7News Perth: “Ironically I spoke to Patty on Monday, we had a long chat about how the team was doing, how he was doing, how his family was doing. And some of this garbage is complete garbage.
“I have so much respect for Patty Cummins, I think he’s a brilliant player, I think he’s an outstanding human being. So any thought that there is war between Patty and I couldn’t be further from the truth.’