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Langer fumes at rumours of player discontent

Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has hit back at suggestions that he has lost the dressing room due to his intense style of leadership.

Langer’s coaching style has come under the microscope in the wake if Australia’s 2-1 Test series defeat to India in January, and a Sydney Morning Herald report did the 50-year-old no favours.

According to the report, sources close to the team said Langer’s “headmaster-like” style of management “wore thin” with some players during the India series.

However, the former Test star denied that he had lost the respect of his charges, admitting that leadership was not a “popularity contest”.

“If players just want someone to tickle their stomachs all the time then I’m not doing my job,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Langer also strongly denied claims that he micro-managed Australia’s bowling attack during the final Test, showing them statistics of where to bowl.

“I never talk about statistics to the bowlers, ever. I don’t go to any of the bowlers’ meetings. That’s what the bowlers’ coach is meant to be doing,” he said.

“I don’t do any of that. I never, ever, ever speak to any of the bowlers about any of that sort of stuff. And the learnings of the last few months are I should start looking at that more.”

According to the report, an example of Langer’s seemingly overbearing management style was when he ordered a player not to walk onto the field with a toasted sandwich in his pocket, but the coach defended his actions.

“You’re walking on against India, we’re trying to win a Test match and one of our players walks on with a toasted sandwich in his hand,” Langer said.

“I spoke to [the player] about it at length yesterday. I said, ‘How do you reckon it looks, mate?’ Is that not something I should say?”

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