Adam Gilchrist slams Cricket Australia after coach Justin Langer exit

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Adam Gilchrist slams Cricket Australia after coach Justin Langer exit

Former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist slammed Cricket Australia (CA) for its handling of Justin Langer, saying the former head coach had been portrayed as a “monster.”

Langer resigned on Saturday, just weeks after leading Australia to a 4-0 Ashes series victory over England, with Cricket Australia saying he had rejected short-term contract extension.

Under Langer, Australia won the T20 World Cup for the first time last year, but there have been reports of player discontent over his coaching style.

“He’s been painted by some particular people as a monster, that is not Justin Langer,” Gilchrist told Australian SEN Radio.

“He’ll be the first to admit he has his frailties, he has his areas of weakness. But he’ll sit and look you in the eye and work it out with you. So, to painted as a monster, what sort of effect would that have on you personally and what’s the flow-on effect to your family… particularly through a period of time when you’re not nearly understanding what is going on, the consistent innuendo and rumour,” Gilchrist added.

Cricket Australia did not respond to a request for comment immediately.

Langer wrote in a LinkedIn post on Sunday that Cricket Australia offered him a short-term contract. To lead the team’s T20 World Cup defence on home soil later this year, but he declined.

“If media reports are correct, several senior players and a couple of support staff don’t support me moving forward. And it is now apparent the CA board and CEO, Nick Hockley, are also keen. To see the team move in another direction,” Langer said.

“I respect that decision,” he said.

“My life has built on values of honesty, respect, trust, truth. And performance and if that comes across as ‘too intense’ at times, I apologise.”

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