Usman Khawaja has urged his Australia captains Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch to “stand up” and talk about the Justin Langer mess.
Cummins in particular has come under fire from cricketing legends for not publicly endorsing Langer ahead of his resignation as Australia’s men’s coach on Friday.
Retired fast bowler Mitchell Johnson brought the two barrels to test captain Cummins in a newspaper, calling him “gutless” for allegedly “blanking” the coach.
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“There are obviously a lot of former players coming out and talking about the group of players,” Khawaja told the media today.
“I think at some point one of the captains, Finchy or Patty, will have to stand up and answer a few questions, just to get rid of all the speculation that’s been floating around and put a stop to it, I guess.”
Aside from Alex Carey briefly answering a question on Monday, Khawaja is the first current player to speak publicly about Langer’s exit.
The noise from Langer’s former teammates has been deafening, with a group of them lining up to slam Cummins and Cricket Australia since news of the coach’s disappearance broke on Saturday.
Khawaja and Langer’s relationship was described as somewhat strained during the on-the-fly documentary series The Test, filmed in 2019.
But the batting veteran is actually close to his former coach.
“I feel for the man himself because I got along with Justin for a long time,” Khawaja said.
“I love him as a guy, he’s a legend, and on a personal level, whether I’m let go or he’s not the Australian coach, we both have that relationship.”
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Australia head coach George Bailey told the media this afternoon that he did not expect to be involved in the selection process for Langer’s successor.
Bailey contacted Langer following his resignation. He is not in the camp who blames Cummins, or any other current player, for the coach’s fate.
“I left a voicemail and texted JL a few times, and got a quick response,” Bailey said.
“I feel for him. Absolutely no one deserves to have the saga played out publicly.
“It hasn’t been ideal, but I don’t agree that there were individuals who were key in making the decision.”
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