Australia selectors chairman George Bailey has dismissed claims by Justin Langer that a lack of support from veteran players and support staff led to the former starter’s departure as national team head coach.
Langer stepped down from the role on Saturday when he was only offered a six-month contract extension until October’s T20 World Cup final, despite guiding Australia to victory in the T20 World Cup before overseeing a 4-man thrashing. 0 of England in the Ashes.
“I feel sorry for him,” Bailey told reporters Tuesday.
“Absolutely no one deserves to have the saga played out as publicly as it has been.
“Clearly, he didn’t get the contract extension offer he was looking for, so it hasn’t been ideal, but I don’t agree with the fact that it was the people that were key in making the decision.”
After Langer’s resignation, some of his former teammates have come out in his support and have also criticized current players, including new test pattern Pat Cummins.
Langer was appointed in 2018 in the wake of a ball-handling scandal in South Africa and Bailey praised the former Australia starter for the type of work he has put in and the results he has achieved with the team.
“(Langer) wanted the team to earn the respect of Australians and he wanted to develop great cricketers and great people and I think he has absolutely done that,” he said.
“The team has done that, JL has done that, the team personnel have done that. The group, the individuals, the three teams are in a very different space where they are today than where they were four years ago.
“(Langer) absolutely has to take an enormous amount of credit for that and I hope he’s immensely proud of it.”
Meanwhile, former Australia pacemaker Jason Gillespie has said he is not interested in replacing Langer as the team’s head coach.
“I’m not applying for any job, I’m fully committed to South Australian cricket,” Gillespie, Langer’s former Test teammate, told reporters.
“I have a lot of work to do here and I love it.”