Justin Langer has shut down rumours of a rift with Pat Cummins, following an explosive podcast appearance that sent shockwaves through Cricket Australia.
Speaking on a recent episode of the BackChat Podcast, Langer opened up on his departure from the head coaching role that he held for four years, describing those who leaked information to the media as ‘cowards’.
Unfortunately, as is often the case, Langer’s comments were taken out of context and many believed he was talking about both Cummins and white-ball captain Aaron Finch when using the explosive terms.
But in a sit-down with Channel 7, Langer revealed his recent conversations with Cummins and explained the context of his well-publicised interview.
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“I’ve been blown away by the last few days,” he said.
“Ironically, I spoke to Patty on Monday – we had a long talk about how the team is going, how he is going and how his family is going. Some of this rubbish is complete and utter rubbish.
“I’ve got so much respect for Patty Cummins, I think he’s a brilliant player and I think he’s an outstanding human being. Any thought that there’s war between Patty and I couldn’t be further from the truth.
“There was talk about relating the word coward with Pat Cummins – it could not be further [from that]. If you listen to the podcast, I was actually praising Pat and praising Finchy and praising Tim Paine for giving me the feedback.
“I was actually complimenting them, not criticising them…it just turns into a bushfire.”
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Langer was often criticised for his intense approach, but there was clearly a method to his madness as the Aussies claimed both the T20 World Cup and The Ashes prior to his exit from the role.
The 52-year-old said he has no hard feelings and is content with his new role as a commentator for Channel 7.
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“I keep reading Langer has got to let it go, he is bitter and twisted – I’ve never been happier in my whole life,” he said.
“I feel really happy and the only thing I’m not happy about is what’s happened in the last few days.
“It just doesn’t make sense – I loved my four years coaching Australia, it was brilliant. It didn’t end as I would have liked, but that’s life and it’s a tough business.
“Those guys we talk about – I ate with them, I drank with them, I celebrated with them. We got through COVID together, we got through sandpaper together, we won the World Cup together, we won The Ashes together – they are like my little brothers.
“I’ve been in touch with these guys ever since I stopped being in the team, and I can’t wait for the Test match to start next week…and the reason I can’t wait is because I have not seen the boys since I finished in February.”