Justin Langer contract extension was for ‘unity’, ‘future success’ of Australia, says Nick Hockley

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Justin Langer contract extension was for ‘unity’, ‘future success’ of Australia, says Nick Hockley

Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley has pointed “unity” as a factor that enabled Justin Langer to coach the Australian team in the T20 World Cup.

Langer, whose four-year contract was set to expire in June 2021, resigned as coach of Australia’s senior men’s team on Saturday.

“The decision to start a process of transition is what we believe is in the best interest of the men’s team for unity and future success,” cricket.com.au quoted Hockley as saying.

Langer’s leadership style has questioned several times over the years. And his relationship with certain players has fractured for nearly 12 months.

Hockley said the Australian squad has developed through time, and the head coach’s criteria should follow with.

“In the middle of (last) year we did have some challenging conversations, and some issues. Or it well documented that we had some pretty robust conversations. After coming back from Bangladesh, which was actually a really constructive process. That led to role clarity,” said Hockley.

“We recognised the team has evolved and the requirements and needs of the head coach have also evolved,” he added.

Langer appointed as the men’s team coach in 2018.

Australia will play Sri Lanka in a five-match T20I series before heading to Pakistan for a multi-format series.

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