Marnus Labuschagne has come in defence of coach Justin Langer after reports emerged about the Australian players are not liking the latter’s headmaster-like coaching style.
It was also claimed that Justin Langer had stopped Marnus Labuschagne from carrying a toasted sandwich in his pocket onto the field against India, an incident which didn’t go down well with some Aussie cricketers.
Marnus Labuschagne Loves What Justin Langer Brings To Team
However, Marnus Labuschagne recently addressed the situation, saying he loves Justin Langer and that there is no animosity between them. The right-handed batsman indicated that things have been blown out of proportion, following Australia’s series loss to India.
“I love JL, and I love what he brings to the team. There’s always more pressure when you’re not winning games. We’ve got to make sure that we’re really focused when we come back as a squad and make sure we stay really close to each other as a group and as a coaching staff. We need to keep supporting each other and backing each other,” said Marnus Labuschagne.
Marnus Labuschagne finished the 4 Tests in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as the top run-scorer, amassing 426 runs at an average of 53.25. The 26-year-old scored one century and two half-centuries in eight innings. However, his efforts turned out to be in vain as India won the Test series by a 2-1 margin.
Justin Langer’s demeanour unified the Australian team after they were in troubled waters after the sandpaper gate incident in South Africa in 2018. He stayed with them during the most crucial hours but the latest reports that surfaced portrayed his wrong picture. However, after Marnus Labuschagne’s statements, things seem alright again.
Justin Langer Told Marnus Labuschagne Not To Take A Toasted Ham And Cheese Sandwich To Dugout After 40-Minute Lunch Break
Justin Langer recently talked about the growing narrative of a dressing room divide in the Australian camp and said he still has a lot to learn. The Australian coach said regarding the sandwich incident that he asked Marnus Labuschagne not to take a toasted sandwich.
” I told Labuschagne not to take a toasted ham and cheese sandwich (to the dugout) after his 40-minute lunch break.”
Australia were set to tour South Africa for a three-match Test series. But it was postponed due to the COVID-19 situation in the Rainbow Nation. The Aussies are scheduled to play England in the Ashes later this year.
He also stated that Australia was looking up for the tour of South Africa but safety concerns should be taken on priority and COVID-19 situations really look disturbing in Proteas nation. He also wants to throw his name into the hat ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, to be held on February 18, in Chennai.