Langer calls for honest communication

28 February 2021 20:59:49 GMTPlus10

Australia coach Justin Langer has played down reports that some of his senior players are unhappy with his approach to the role.

The 50-year-old, who scored 23 Test centuries in 105 appearances for Australia as an opening batsman, admits that the scrutiny he is under as coach of the national team can be exhausting.

However, Langer maintains that honesty between players and the coaching staff is one of his core beliefs and that any issues should be handled in-house.

Australia have had a testing start to 2021, losing their home Test series to India 2-1 despite bowling out the tourists for just 36 in a crushing victory in the first Test.

An inexperienced squad has travelled to New Zealand for a five-match Twenty20 series and the Black Caps take a 2-0 lead into Wednesday's third game in Wellington.

Langer and his side have plenty to look forward to this year. They are among the favourites for October's T20 World Cup in India before they defend the Ashes in a home series against England starting in November. 

Asked about speculation over his relationship with senior players, Langer told the website cricket.com.au: "I've talked for years about honest conversations. If there was such an issue, the players or the assistant coaches would have come and spoken to me.

"The biggest thing that will wear me down [as Australia coach] isn't the travel, isn't the game, isn't the three formats, it is just the incredible spotlight you are always under."

Australia are 2.00 to beat 1.80 hosts New Zealand in Wednesday's third Twenty20 international.

The Aussies are 1.53 to win the 2021/22 Ashes Test series against England.

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