Australia coach Justin Langer says he is not anxious about his upcoming contract discussions with Cricket Australia despite the ongoing talks about his future as coach of Australia’s men’s team.
Langer’s current contract will expire by mid-year and there has been no move to renew it as yet with both CA and Langer committing to postpone the discussions until the completion of the Ashes. He is yet to have a formal discussion with CA despite Australia wrapping up the Ashes 4-0 on Sunday night.
Australia won both the T20 World Cup and the Ashes in a successful phase of four months of cricket after concerns were raised about Langer’s position following rumblings of player complaints at the end of two poor limited-overs tours of the Caribbean and Bangladesh in August 2021.
Langer was requested to change his coaching style following individual meetings with up to 30 players who had been involved in the men’s program across all three forms. He followed the advice sincerely during the World Cup and the Ashes and the results have been completely in their favor.
Langer content with his team’s performance in last four months
“No never edgy, whatever happens,” Langer said. “Before the World Cup and before these Ashes, we’ve never ever been better prepared. It’s not a coincidence we’ve had the success we’ve had. Whatever happens from now we can all be incredibly proud of this little period. We had two missions to win the World Cup and to win the Ashes, to do that in such a short period is a monumental effort and we’re all really satisfied with that, we’re all really happy with that, we’re all really proud of that. I sit here at the moment feeling really content with the last two series.”
“The absolute truth and people don’t seem to believe this, but the absolute truth is before the World Cup and the Ashes we all committed to, at the end of the Ashes, sit down and have some conversations,” he said. “It’s been four really big years. It’s an all-encompassing job, and it’s a tough gig. That’s just the truth. We all just said we’d sit down after the Ashes. In the next little bit, I’m sure those conversations will start to be had. There’s plenty to be spoken about.”
“It’s the next challenge,” Langer said. “We’ve done some extraordinary things the last few months. But we haven’t played much Test cricket over the last couple of years because of the Covid situation. Our next big challenge is to start winning overseas now. We’re all aware of that, we’ve got a really good team. So many guys have stepped up this summer and it’s so exciting to watch, it’s been an incredible brand of cricket. We’re excited about our next big challenge of winning Test matches overseas.”