Hurt Justin Langer keen to continue as Australia coach despite criticism

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By: PTI | Gros Islet (st Lucia) |

Updated: July 9, 2021 12:16:58 pm

Hurt by the criticism that has adopted him ever since an injury-ravaged India upstaged Australia early this yr, coach Justin Langer mentioned most of it confused him.

In January this yr, Australia misplaced the house Test sequence 1-2 towards an under-strength India, who made a heroic comeback beneath Ajinkya Rahane’s management after shedding the opening match in Adelaide.

The visiting aspect battled the absence of star batsman and common skipper Virat Kohli together with a spate of accidents to triumph within the sequence. Langer and Australia Test skipper Tim Paine drew heavy criticism for floundering tactically towards a hampered rival.

“Some of the things I was reading were a bit confusing actually. If I’m completely honest I was really hurt by some of it. The feedback I’ve been given for three years has been overwhelmingly positive of the role that I’ve been able to play as a coach,” Langer mentioned forward of the T20 sequence opener towards West Indies right here on Saturday.

Australia are presently touring West Indies for a five-match T20 sequence and three ODIs. Langer admitted that he didn’t like shedding to India however was dedicated to his job.

“If the board and the CEO and high performance manager believe I’m the right person to keep leading us forward, absolutely. I absolutely love my job,” he mentioned.

“I didn’t like shedding to India within the wonderful sequence, nobody likes shedding. I’m completely dedicated, I really like my job, I really like the Australian cricket staff, I really like the gamers and I really like Australian cricket.

“They’re the things I value most in my life. Hopefully I’ve done a really good job the last three years, that’s been the feedback. Long may that continue.”

Langer was appointed as Australia’s head coach in 2018 on a four-year contract, changing Darren Lehmann.

The former left-handed opener refused to price himself as a “great coach”, insisting that the staff’s focus stays on doing properly on this yr’s ICC World T20 within the UAE and the house Ashes sequence towards England beginning December.

“We’re not a great team yet and that’s what we’re all aspiring to. Like I’m aspiring to be a great coach,” he mentioned.

“I’m not a great coach yet, I’m aspiring to be a great coach. I’m working towards it and I hope all the players are doing the same thing,” added the 50-year-old.

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