Justin Langer must change his coaching style if he wants to continue in his role, an end-of-season review of cricket Down Under has warned. The 50-year-old was given “strong and straightforward” feedback — taken from 40 players and support staff — about his coaching style as part of the team’s regular end-of-season reviews.
Australia men’s cricket players are moving towards taking greater control of the dressing room as a robust end-of-season review has highlighted that head coach Justin Langer needs to change his ways.
The review was done by players and support staff, and as a process, Justin Langer was given strong feedback about his coaching style and team manager Gavin Dobey was also given a straightforward talk, reported Sydney Morning Herald.
Justin Langer’s Intense Management Coaching Style Dissatisfied Australian Cricketers According To Tim Ford’s Report
After Australia suffered a 1-2 defeat against India in the Border Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year, there was dissatisfaction with Justin Langer’s intense management style. It was also revealed that frustration at the team was brought down by the coach’s shifting moods. The end-season-season review comprises of opinions of up to 40 players and support staff.
“This is effectively identical to the process undertaken before the last World Cup and the 2019 Ashes where the team performed strongly,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted CA’s national teams boss Ben Oliver as saying.
A second review process was conducted by leadership consultant Tim Ford and it will reaffirm the players’ intent to take more ownership of the side. Tim Ford went on to interview players virtually towards the end of the home season and their responses will be kept anonymous. He asked every member for their thoughts on team values and what needed to be updated.
The review only confirms the reports which had come after Australia’s 2-1 shock loss to India in 2021. During the high-profile series, it was revealed that players were facing difficulties in coping up with Justin Langer’s intensity and micro-management.
Cricket Australia (CA) has now claimed that Tim Ford’s review meeting was not as hard on Langer as the player review and the 50-year-old head coach will be appraised soon. Justin Langer’s four-year contract comes to end in 2022 and the renewal of it will solely depend on the response from the former opening batter.
Justin Langer Will Also Receive Tim Ford’s Report
Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, and Aaron Finch will now be presented with this end-season report next week. Justin Langer will also be receiving feedback from Tim Ford’s report. Tim Ford was hired by Cricket Australia two years ago to facilitate the reintegration of Steve Smith and David Warner into the side after their ball-tampering bans. Australia will next take on West Indies in five T20Is and three ODIs in July this year.
Justin Langer was appointed as the head coach on a four-year contract in 2018 after Darren Lehmann had stepped down in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. The players also expressed discontentment towards team manager Gavin Dovey. Justin Langer’s response to the feedback across the rest of the year will decide whether he will be handed a new contract.