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I will never, ever apologize, says former Australia coach Justin Langer on his leadership style being ‘too intense’


Justin Langer did a pretty good job as head coach of the Australian men’s cricket team from the start of 2018 to 2022. Under Langer, Australia revamped after the infamous ball tampering saga and then drew Ashes 2019, reached ODI semi-finals 2019 World Cup, dominated at home to Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Pakistan and won Ashes 2021/22 and T20 World Cup last year in the United Arab Emirates.

However, he resigned as head coach in February 2022 after reports started circulating that his leadership style was ‘too intense’ for domestic players (especially the young squad) . Recently, the former fly-half weighed in on the criticism and said he would ‘never apologize’ for his methods as a coach.

“It’s really ironic, well not ironic, but it’s the way of the world I guess. When I finished with the Australian team, there was a conversation that I was too serious, too intense for some of the young people But that’s what I learned There was a famous incident where in the last test (against India in Brisbane, 2021) I told Marnus Labuschagne not to go out with a ham sandwich grilled and cheesy by hand, and it made headlines,” Langer told Kim Beazley, Governor of Western Australia, in an interview.

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Langer added that he would not have reached where he is today if he had not been trained in the same way by his predecessors.

“You imagine Allan Border or Steve Waugh leaving us…that wouldn’t happen because we were marching in battle and representing our country. We were going out to win and make Australians proud of what we were doing, and I would never do that, don’t never apologize for that. That’s how we were raised and I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t been raised that way. It was a great base with great leadership and mentors,” added Langer, who represented the Baggy Greens in 106 Tests.

Langer has now been replaced by Andrew McDonald as Australia’s head coach while Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch continue to lead Australia in Tests and Limited Overs respectively.

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