Amidst the hailstorm unleashed by former coach Justin Langer’s fiery interview in which he accused ‘anonymous’ cowards in the Australian cricket team of complaining to the media about his much-criticised coaching style, captain Pat Cummins has hit back defending his teammates. Langer had accused the players of leaking information to suit their own agendas which led to him being dumped as the head coach less than a year after he oversaw their maiden T20 world cup triumph in UAE.
On the eve of the first Test against West Indies in Perth, Cummins responded to queries around Langer’s comments.
“There’s no cowards in an Australian cricket team, not ever,” Cummins said Tuesday. “I’d probably never disclose private conversations. I think it’s disappointing sometimes the focus gets drawn to off-field issues but it hasn’t really affected our team.”
Cummins has responded positively to the clarification, denying any bad blood with the former Australia opener. “I think there’s no ill will to what he was trying to do and he clarified afterwards,” he said.