Justin Langer sees his players as sons, he still has to be given a lot of credit, says Michael Hussey

Michael Hussey has given his take on the ongoing row between Justin Langer and Cricket Australia over the former’s exit as head coach, saying it may worry some players ahead of the summer of cricket. He then praised Langer’s contributions and his mentorship methods.

Justin Langer’s recent remarks about his sacking as head coach of the Australian cricket team earlier this year caused a stir in the media, given his crucial moment just before the first home Test of Australia against the West Indies. Langer was only offered a six-month extension by Cricket Australia, despite winning the 2021 World T20 and Ashes 4-0, leading to an acrimonious exit from the Kangaroos setup. Instead, Langer lashed out in the media calling the players “cowards” for criticizing him in the media behind his back while he was still in charge, provoking CA CEO Nick Hockley. to come forward on their behalf.

Speaking on the issue, a retired war veteran Michael Hussey said such harsh remarks could have a negative impact on players’ mental space as they prepare for the two-game Test series against West Indies starting November 30. The hitter cited examples from his playing days to paint a better picture.

“Some guys it will upset. Some guys read all the press and take it all in, and some guys block it completely. I was someone who didn’t pay attention to any media when I was playing. It’s hard to filter everything, but I tried to see as few headlines as possible. I haven’t read any newspapers, but there are other guys who are the opposite, who like to know what’s going on. Some people like to use it to motivate themselves. I know Michael Clarke used to read all the papers and often used criticism as motivation,” he told news.com.au.

Langer led Australia to 15 wins from 27 Tests, helping them recover from the 2018 Newlands ball tampering scandal which led to the installation of a new skipper in Tim Paine and a ban influential players. Steve Smith and David Warner. However, he quickly made a name for himself for being strict in the dressing room, with players like Khawaja revealing they were “walking on eggshells” with the former fly-half in charge,

“He’s passionate, there’s no doubt about it. He cares so much about the team. He almost sees his players as sons, he loves them so much, and sometimes you need to speak harshly to your sons. That’s how it goes as a father if you see yourself as that father figure. Obviously it still hurts him a bit with the way it all turned out, and he’s upset about it,” Hussey said of Langer, with the duo set to share Seven’s comment box for upcoming testing. .

“The team they’re trying to grow, they’re trying to project themselves into the era of Justin Langer. He has yet to get a lot of credit for the work he’s done in helping the Australian team regain that respect. “, added Hussey.

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