Justin Langer addressed the players’ concerns about his coaching style “straight” and had the full support of the Australian team, Aaron Finch, captain of the limited over, said on Thursday.
Reports of unrest in the dressing room surfaced after Australia were beaten 2-1 at home by an injury-stricken India at home in January. The players competed at the end of the season with lead consultant Tim Ford and Finch said Langer cleared the air before flying with the team to the West Indies.
“For ‘JL’ to address some of the issues raised in the review with Tim Ford, I think it was brilliant,” said Finch from St Lucia.
“Everyone behind him”
“It was undoubtedly confronting for him at the time, but he tackled it straight and addressed it. He did a fantastic job and the way he confronted it – and the way it was received by the players – was excellent. It shows the quality of the man he is – there are things he is working on and we are all behind him. ‘
Langer described the situation as a “wake-up call” and Finch said the tension of playing cricket in bio-safe ‘bubbles’ further complicated matters.
“There was a combination of a few things,” Finch said.
“On the back of a lot of bubbles, he could have used his assistants a little better and delegated a little more.”
Michael Di Venuto and Jeff Vaughan have been appointed assistant coaches of the team Thursday ahead of a busy summer that includes the Twenty20 World Cup, a title that eluded Australia, and an Ashes series against England.
As of July 10, Australia will play five twenty-20 matches against world champions West Indies in St Lucia before heading to Barbados to play three one-dayers there.