Bailey jumps to Langer defence

20 August 2021 18:04:53 GMTPlus11

Australia's new chairman of selectors George Bailey has jumped to the defence of coach Justin Langer and has backed him to silence the critics.

Australia are priced at 7.50 to win the T20 World Cup but there are murmurings that all is not well behind the scenes.

Rift rumours

Ever since Australia lost the home Test series to India last summer there have been suggestions that Langer's intense style of coaching does not sit well with some of the players.

A recent season review and clear-the-air talks looked to have calmed things down only for the rumours to flare up once again.

An understrength Australian team has just lost a T20 series to both the West Indies and Bangladesh which has ignited an already volatile situation.

Read more

No exit plan for Langer

Langer clears the air with Aussie stars

Paine jumps to Langer defence

Incredible job

However Langer still has the full support of Cricket Australia with chief executive Nick Hockley saying he is doing an incredible job and now Bailey has also backed him.

Bailey believes the T20 World Cup and Ashes series against England will be the perfect time to prove the doubters wrong.

"Let's not put this all on on Justin," Bailey said. "As a group over the last 12 months I don't think we've quite played the best cricket or as certainly as good as I think we potentially could have.

"JL took over at a pretty challenging period of time, and since then there's been a lot a lot of permutations and change happen in the group.

"The focus for us is purely down on the World Cup and the Ashes, if we perform well in those tournaments these things tend to tend to die away a little bit."

More Cricket

All Betting