‘Utter rubbish. I had a long chat with Cummins…’: Langer on ‘coward’ remark | Cricket

Former Australia head coach Justin Langer is livid after stories of his alleged rift with a few of Australia’s present cricketers together with captain Pat Cummins, bought leaked to the media. In the wake of such information, he has given a clarification that his relation with Australian gamers is totally good despite the fact that he resigned because the coach, in February this 12 months.

The complete episode unfolded after Langer opened a can of worms when in an interview with the Backchat podcast, he used the phrase ‘cowards’ for many who leaked inside details about the Australian staff and himself in direction of the top of his tenure as coach.

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“A lot of journalists use the word ‘source’. I would say, change that word to ‘coward’. A coward says, not a source. Because what do you mean ‘a source says’? They’ve either got an axe to grind with someone and they won’t come and say it to your face, or they’re just leaking stuff for their own agenda,” Langer had stated.

After his feedback, media individuals associated the label ‘coward’ to present Australia captain Cummins. But Langer has now cleared the air whereas talking to 7 News Perth.

“Ironically, I spoke to Patty on Monday, we had a long talk about how the team was going, how he’s going, how his family’s going. And some of this rubbish is complete and utter rubbish,” Langer explained.

“I’ve got so much respect for Patty Cummins, I think he’s a brilliant player, I think he’s an outstanding human being. So any thought there’s war between Patty and I could not be further from the truth,” he added.

Clarifying further on the ‘coward’ comment, the former Australian coach said that he was actually praising the Australian players who he trained, including Cummins.

“There was sort of talk about relating the word coward with Pat Cummins. If you listen to the podcast, I was actually praising Pat, I was praising Finchy, I was praising Tim Paine for giving me the feedback. I was actually complimenting them, not criticising them as it’s come out. It turns into a bushfire, what do you do?”

Langer additional highlighted how a lot he loved his function with Australian staff and that he cherishes these moments even as we speak. He additionally elucidated his good relationship with the gamers since leaving the function.

“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 I haven’t seen them. I haven’t seen the boys since I finished in February.”

“I loved my four years of coaching Australia, it was brilliant. Didn’t end as I would’ve liked – that’s life, that’s the business, it’s a tough business. I’ve got fond memories. Those guys we’re talking 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’re like my little brothers!,” he concluded.


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