Justin Langer expects discussions about his future as coach of the Australian cricket team to begin “soon”, while alluding to his frustration at outside speculation that he should be moved.
Langer stressed that Cricket Australia had always intended to wait until after the Ashes to decide its fate.
Before those encounters flare up, however, Langer revealed that he planned to meet former Captain Tim Paine, who was fleeing Hobart to escape the cricket festival coming to his hometown.
Langer has led Australia to Ashes and T20 World Cup victories over the past two months, but his tenure as coach has been underlined by rumors of player unrest.
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Despite the dramatic improvement in results in Australia after disappointing winter tours, Langer said there was still “much to discuss” regarding his future as a coach.
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“People don’t seem to believe this, but the absolute truth is before the World Cup and the Ashes, we are all committed at the end of the Ashes to sit down and have some conversations,” Langer said. ARE.
“It’s been four really big years and it’s an all-encompassing job and it’s a tough gig… that’s just the truth.
“We all said we’d sit after the Ashes. So in the next bit, I’m sure those conversations will be had.
“There’s plenty to talk about.”
In a separate interview, Langer presented an interesting rugby analogy, comparing Australia’s success over the past six months to what it would be like if the Wallabies broke through their nearly 20-year Bledisloe Cup drought and won their first World Cup since 1999. to win.
“Imagine a Wallabies coach winning the Bledisloe Cup and then the World Cup in six months,” Langer said. 6PR. “That’s the frustration of it. I wish I could tell you [why there is external noise]. That is the truth. I can only be judged by where Australian cricket was when I took over.”
Langer has a wave of support behind him from his former teammates.
Out of the back of Steve Waugh’s social media post, Adam Gilchrist was the last to defend Langer again, wondering why his position was questionable.
“What the hell is the board of Cricket Australia waiting for?” Gilchrist asked, before signing off on a three-twitter post saying “just do it”.
Langer said he could hold his head high regardless of the outcome of those discussions.
“We were never so well prepared for the World Cup and for the Ashes. So it’s no coincidence, I don’t think we’ve had the success we’ve had,” he said.
“No matter what happens from now on, we can all be incredibly proud of this little period. We had two missions: to win the World Cup and win the Ashes.
“To do that in such a short period of time is a huge effort and we are all very pleased with that, we are all very happy with that, we are all very, very proud of that.
“I’m sitting here at the moment and feel really satisfied with the last two series.”
Langer’s contract expires after Australia’s Pakistan tour in March, before which he will coach Australia in a home game against New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Cricket legends Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne are among those who have publicly backed Langer for a contract extension, but Cricket Australia indicated in late December it would seek detailed feedback from players before making a decision.
Test captain Pat Cummins dodged questions about Langer’s future after the Boxing Day test, but after the final astest, Langer stated he had the full support of the playgroup.
“He’s done a fantastic job, we absolutely love JL,” Cummins said after Australia claimed victory in Hobart.
“He’s been really great during the World Cup and the Ashes. Frankly,[Langer’s future]hasn’t been a topic of conversation at all within the camp.”
Meanwhile, Langer revealed he would be meeting Paine, who resigned as captain on the eve of the series kicking off and then retired after his alleged 2018 off-field controversy, on Wednesday morning.
“I’ll actually see him in the morning,” Langer said.
“He’s been away with his family for the last week or so during the test match and he and I catch up in the morning for breakfast so I’m still in Hobart.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing him. It’s probably a bit bittersweet for Painey, he was a big part of the prep for the series, he was so focused on winning the Ashes, to see the guys do it what they did, I’m sure he’s incredibly proud of that, but clearly he would have loved to be there.”
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Paine, 37, has yet to retire from the game but is unlikely to return to international cricket, despite Alex Carey’s indifferent start to his Test career.
Carey beat out Western Australia’s Josh Inglis for the role, but didn’t quite manage to capture his first run with the gloves, despite some promising signs in Hobart.
Carey averaged 20.33 with the bat and took 23 catches over the series but a series of missed opportunities behind the stumps after a strong debut in the Gabba means selectors will be keeping a close eye on his progress.
Langer had a very close relationship with Paine, with the former formally taking over the captaincy under the supervision of the coach.