MELBOURNE: Australia Head Coach Justin LongerThe intense coaching style of “micromanagement” apparently did not go down well with many players, although the earlier opening described the allegations as something that “couldn’t be further from the truth”.
The cracks in the Australian camp came open after a weak India returned from behind to hammer Australia 2-1 into its own cave.
According to a report in the ‘Sydney Morning Herald cites several sources close to the Australian construction. Some players appear to be dissatisfied with Langer’s leadership style due to his intensity and mood swings.
According to the report, Langer is no longer able to meet the requirements of a three-format coach.
“Sources in the locker room say Langer’s leadership style weakened during a busy summer with some players who not only had to live in a bubble for months but were also exhausted from its intensity and mood swings,” the SMH reported.
“… some older players are frustrated with the atmosphere in the team, affected by the coach’s shifting emotions and what they see as being overly micromanaged. They say bowlers bombarded themselves with stats and instructions about it where to go. ” Bowl during lunch breaks, including during the fourth and final test against India in the gabba, “the report continued.
However, Langer denied claims that his relationship with the players had grown dramatically.
“Couldn’t be further from the truth,” he added. “Leadership is not a popularity contest.”
“If the players just want someone to tickle their stomach all the time, then I’m not doing my job.
“It’s actually the opposite of what’s happening. I never talk to the bowlers about statistics. I don’t go to any of the bowler meetings. That’s what the bowler trainer is supposed to do,” he said.
“I don’t do any of this. I never speak to any of the bowlers about things like that. And the realizations over the past few months are that I should take a closer look.”
Langer has 18 months left in his contract and the 50-year-old former left-handed opening partner of Matthew Hayden said he had no problems with his workload.
“The job is stressful. It’s a great job,” he said.
The report goes on to say that many current Australian team players have now developed an affinity for the assistant coach Andrew McDonaldwho they feel is more accessible.
“The players believe Langer means well and respect his legacy in the sport, but some have turned to assistant coach Andrew McDonald for support because they increasingly don’t know where they stand with the boss,” it says in it.
“During the Brisbane Test, Langer ordered a player not to keep the habit of putting a toasted sandwich in their pocket to eat on the field.”
“… the headmaster-like nature and difficulty of the coach in dealing with pressure became increasingly incompatible with a team that was mostly made up of experienced players in their late 20s or 30s.”
But Langer defended the decision, saying such a habit was unacceptable for a national cricketer as the team was aiming for a friendly win over a team like India.
“You’re up against India, we’re trying to win a friendly and one of our players goes on with a toasted sandwich,” said Langer.
“I talked to (the player) about it at length yesterday. I said, ‘How do you think it looks, buddy?’ Shouldn’t I say that? ”He said without revealing the player’s name.