Former Australia wicketkeeper batter Adam Gilchrist has said that Justin Langer has been painted as a monster by some people. Langer resigned as Australia coach, stating players’ unacceptance towards him. He was offered a short-term contract from June this year to the 20-20 World Cup. The former opening batter declined the offer.
The left-hander started coaching the team in 2018 after the ball-tampering incident. Since then, the team played the semifinal of the 2019 World Cup, retained Ashes in England the same year, thrashed Pakistan, New Zealand, and England at home. Last year, the Aaron Finch-led side won their first-ever 20-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Langer’s resignation has drawn extreme reactions from his former teammates. Gilchrist has joined the bandwagon of former players criticizing Cricket Australia and said that ther treatment meted out to Langer was not fair.
“I don’t care to listen to any more of the corporate speak about transition and analysis of the coaching position and all that needs analysis and requirements and evolution,” Gilchrist said on ‘SEN Radio’.
“That’s just covering up that the players and certain support staff around that team have spoken and they no longer want Justin there. He’s been painted by some particular people as a monster, that is not Justin Langer.”
The three-time ODI World Cup winner added that Langer will be the first one to admit his frailties “He’ll be the first to admit he has his frailties, he has his areas of weakness, but gee, he’ll sit and look you in the eye and work it out with you.
“So, to be painted as a monster, what sort of affect would that have on you personally and what’s the flow-on effect to your family and the people that are nearest and dearest to you.”