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Everyone was being nice to my face: Justin Langer hits out at ‘cowards’ in Australia team after coaching stint

Written by Sumit Seth

Former Australia coach Justin Langer expressed his anguish and lashed out at ‘cowards’ in the national team. The veteran took charge of the team after Darren Lehmann stepped down following the Sandpapergate four and half years ago in South Africa.

He helped the Aussies regain their pride and also coached them to a 4-0 series win in the previous edition of the Ashes at home. Under Langer, Australia also won the T20 World Cup 2021 in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Langer, however, didn’t get a long-term contract extension from Cricket Australia (CA) despite performing to expectations.

“Everyone was being nice to my face, but I was reading about this stuff and half of it, I swear to God and on my kids’ lives, I could not believe that is what was making the papers. A lot of journalists use the word ‘source’. I would say, change that word to ‘coward’,” Langer was quoted as saying to News Corp media.

“Because what do you mean ‘a source says’? They’ve either got an axe to grind with someone and they won’t come and say it to your face, or they’re just leaking stuff for their own agenda. I hate that,” he stated.

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