Justin Langer, who has represented Australia in 105 Tests, is currently the head coach of his country’s national team. The former Aussie batsman has shared an old incident with Steve Waugh when he was disappointed with the decision of being dropped ahead of the first Test of Ashes 2001.
Throughout his career, Justin Langer was struggling to cement his place in the Australian team although the opening batsman was averaging 40 in Tests. He was the part of Australia’s golden era where his side was invincible in all the formats. He has played with the likes Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and other great players. Among all, Langer shared a great bond with his captain Steve Waugh whom he considered as his hero.
Steve Waugh was my hero but I was shocked: Justin Langer:
In the recent interaction, Justin Langer revealed that he wanted to punch Steve Waugh, despite he had great respect for the latter after Waugh gave him news of being dropped from the first Test of the Ashes series 2001. But at the same time, he also wanted to cry on Waugh’s shoulder to share the pain of being snubbed. Langer was unable to control his emotion.
“About two days before the first Test, I had a knock on the door from the legend Steve Waugh, who literally was my hero. [He] knocks on the door of my hotel room… walked into my room and says, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this mate, but you are not playing in the first Test.’ I didn’t know whether to cry on his shoulders or punch him out,” Langer told former Aussie allrounder, Shane Watson, on Lessons Learnt with the Greats podcast, as quoted by Fox Cricket.
“This is my hero and my big brother, telling me that I was out [of the first Test], and I was literally shocked, I just didn’t see it coming,” the former left-handed batsman added.
The reason for Justin Langer being dropped was the rise of Damien Martyn, who had a prolific outing in ODIs. However, the former was included in the fifth and last Test against England. He went on to score a century before being retired hurt for 102 runs. Langer last played for Australia in the Ashes series 2007.