Justin Langer took the head coach role of Australia national cricket team at a crisis. Recently, he revealed that the first six months of his head coach job were very stressful for himself and his family.
In March 2018, Australian cricket suddenly suffered a massive blow due to the ball-tampering controversy. During the Cape Town Test against South Africa, Aussie opener Cameron Bancroft attempted to alter the ball condition by using yellow sandpaper. Later, then captain Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner admitted that they played the leadership parts on that incident.
The trio faced suspensions for involving on that incident, and the Australian team suffered a massive decline in international cricket.
After completion of that South Africa tour, Darren Lehmann resigned from the head coach role. Later, Justin Langer joined in that post.
However, in the initial period, Langer found it hard to bring out Australia from the struggling period. The situations became worse when India won its first-ever Test and ODI bilateral series in Australia. In the 2018/19 Australia tour, India won the Test series by 2-1 and ODI series by the same 2-1 margin.
My wife started crying at the breakfast table in front of my daughters – Justin Langer
Recently, Langer revealed that how those unfortunate situations in Australian cricket affected his family.
Langer told ESPNcricinfo, “I’ve known my wife since I was 14 years old, so she knows everything about me, and they were leaving. They were leaving that day, and we were at breakfast at 8 o’clock and my wife started crying at the breakfast table in front of my daughters.
“I said what’s going on, I had never see my wife cry – we know everything about each other. She said ‘I just don’t like what’s happening here, I don’t like what it’s doing to you, I don’t like what it’s doing to us, people are so mean, what people are saying about you and the team and Australian cricket’. That was a real eye-opener for me, that it was affecting my family.”
Australian head coach also spoke about his Glenn Maxwell-controversy moment
In January 2019, Langer involved in a heated talk with a journalist in the press conference about Glenn Maxwell‘s Test future. Later, the Australian head coach apologised for that. He now feels that it was the pressure time of his coaching career like he faced in early cricket career.
Langer added, “I got, I’d say two out of 10 grumpy with the journalist in Sydney, and I was also amazed at the backlash of that as well.
“I apologised straight after the event, that’s me, but I realised then and the way people said ‘he’s getting angry, he’s losing it’. I didn’t feel that but my wife was getting upset, that was a real moment.
“I’ve said privately and publicly a few times if I look back to my career, 1993 when I got dropped for the first time, really tough time, but pivotal in my life. I got dropped in 2001, a really, really tough time, but pivotal in my life. I look to January 2019 in Sydney, really tough time, but I’ve got no doubt it’ll be a massive part of my evolution as a coach.”
Justin Langer played international cricket till 2007. The left-handed opening batsman played 105 Tests and eight ODIs where he scored 7,696 and 160 runs respectively.
Like his international career, Langer has provided a great comeback in his international coaching. Ahead of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Australia won back-to-back three limited-overs bilateral series in Asia.
After winning the T20I bilateral series in India by 2-0, Australia went down to 0-2 in the five-match ODI series. However, they made a brilliant comeback in that series and won that series by the 3-2 margin. Later, in the UAE, Australia also beat Pakistan in the five-match ODI series by 5-0.
Australia reached the semi-final of 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup
The defending champions Australia played well in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. After the end of the round-robin stage of that tournament, Australia finished in the second position with 14 points. In that round-robin stage, only India and South Africa beat them. However, Australia finished their journey in that tournament after losing the second semi-final against England. The host side England thrashed them in that match by eight wickets.