‘There’s no point in making it a distraction for players’ – Mike Hussey discusses friction between Justin Langer and Cricket Australia

Former Australia cricket team batsman Mike Hussey has commented on the ongoing friction between Justin Langer and Cricket Australia (CA), saying the timing of the matter is not ideal and warning players not to take their eyes off it to let.

Following Australia’s dominant Ashes 2021-22 win over England, Justin Langer resigned as head coach after being offered a short-term contract by Cricket Australia (CA) and Andrew McDonald was appointed as the side’s new head coach.

Ahead of the two-game Test series between Australia and the West Indies, Langer spoke out against Cricket Australia (CA) and Australian cricketers leaked against him during his successful tenure as the team’s head coach.

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After Langer’s explosive interview, Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley issued a stern reply to Justin Langer, explaining that his remarks contained numerous “inaccuracies”.

Speaking to foxsports.com.au on Thursday, Hussey, 47, said Langer was still upset about his exit from the team and that he has not left the saga. He said:

“The timing for that is probably not ideal. (Langer) is obviously still upset with how it all went and perhaps it could have been handled better from a Cricket Australia perspective.

However, he added that the players have moved on and their entire focus is on preparing for the Test series against the West Indies. Hussey said:

“My feeling is that the players have been pretty calm about everything. They kind of moved on, they just want to move on. There’s no point in making it a distraction for them. You can’t afford to make this a distraction.

“They’ll be asked about it, but they just have to focus on their preparation for the test.”

Many journalists use the word “source”. I would say change that word to “coward” – Justin Langer

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The Australian head coach who won T20 World Cup and Ashes Longer said everyone was nice to him, but he heard a lot of things behind his back. He also named Test captain Pat Cummins’ role in his exit.

“I spoke to Pat Cummins. He said to me about five times, “That could be brutally honest.” I said, ‘Pat, there’s nothing brutal about your feedback. What is brutal is that I hear it behind my back through the media or through sources. Nobody tells me. Tell me,” Langer told the BackChat podcast.

“Everyone was nice to me, but I read about this stuff, and half of it…I couldn’t believe the papers were doing it,” Langer said.

“Many journalists use the word ‘source’. I would say change that word to “coward”. A coward says no source. Because what do you mean by “a source says”? Either they’re dealing with someone and they’re not going to come and tell you to your face, or they’re just divulging stuff for their own agenda.”

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