Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is disappointed and sad by the recent turn of events involving coach Justin Langer. Things got a bit nasty for Langer and the team when they failed to win the T20I series against Bangladesh. Worst, Langer came under scrutiny for his hard coaching style.
News of a possible rift between former Australia opener and the players came to light during the team’s shock 2-1 series loss against India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Few months later, a review meeting was held wherein leadership consultant Tim Ford addressed the team. Langer, who was told to work on some changes addressed the issue during West Indies and Bangladesh series. But results seem to not go in Langer’s favour.
Finch was questioned about Langer’s position in the team and he said the recent poor form coupled with a poor team environment are the main factors behind the chaos.
"There's always tension when results don't go your way in all sports," Finch said on SEN radio. "Wins and losses are what count. I think anytime that doesn't happen, that all gets amplified. It's just one of those things. It's disappointing that things are coming to the front the way that they are, that's never ideal. It's just one of those things that keeps popping up, which is disappointing."
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) released a statement and backed Justin Langer saying the team has achieved great amount of success under Langer.
“He is contracted as Head Coach through to the middle of next year with the focus now on a successful T20 World Cup campaign followed by the home Ashes defence in what is one of the most anticipated Series and summers of cricket in Australia for many years,” CA said in a press release.
“Like many in the community and around the world, the team has had an extremely disruptive and challenging 18 months during the pandemic. Despite those challenges, the side has had great success in One-Day, Test, and T20 cricket, when all players were available. Justin, his coaching staff, and the leaders within the team have an equally important part to play in ensuring a successful summer ahead for the Australian cricket team,” the statement’s last part read.