Pat Cummins has agenda to bring his own coach, he’s been gutless: Mitchell Johnson after Justin Langer exit

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Pat Cummins has agenda to bring his own coach, he’s been gutless: Mitchell Johnson after Justin Langer exit

Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson launched a scathing attack on Test captain Pat Cummins after Justin Langer left as the senior men’s team’s head coach.

Cricket Australia on Saturday accepted men’s team head coach Justin Langer’s resignation.

“Justin was offered a short-term extension to his current contract, which sadly he has opted not to accept,” stated an official Cricket Australia release.

“Pat Cummins has been lauded as some type of cricketing saint since his elevation to the top job this summer. Cummins might have delivered with the ball during the Ashes series, but he has failed his first big test as captain pretty miserably,” Johnson wrote in a column for The West Australian, as reported by Fox Sports.

“He had plenty of public opportunities to endorse an extension for Langer. So when he let it through to the keeper every time, it became pretty obvious he didn’t want it to happen. Cummins holds a lot of power and must have been central to what’s happened. He’s clearly had an agenda to get in a coach he wants. His recent interviews have been gutless by not respecting his coach when he could have been upfront from the start,” he added.

Cummins said earlier this week that Cricket Australia chose a good review method. And that it was not up to the players to decide whether Langer should continue as a coach.

“The baggy green is hyped as the most revered symbol in Australian sport. But what does it stand for now? In the wake of the disgraceful white-anting of Langer as a coach. That led to his resignation on Saturday, it stands for selfishness,” said Johnson.

Justin’s contract extension was the result of a thorough review process that evaluated a number of factors. Including the team’s future needs and the approaching large fixture schedule. The CA Board approved the extension, which was presented to Justin last night. It included the chance to defend their T20 World Cup crown in Australia later this year.

Langer was appointed as the men’s team coach in 2018. Australia won the T20 World Cup in 2021 and the Ashes under Langer’s leadership.

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