Justin Langer eager for contract extension to drive personal and team growth


The coach admitted reports of unrest over his coaching style in recent months hurt him

Australia coach Justin Langer said he was hurt and confused by some of the things he read about his style of working but remains keen to lead the side and get an extension when his current contract runs out next year.
Reports of dressing-room unrest and discontent over his coaching style surfaced after Australia were beaten 2-1 in the Test series at home by an injury-ravaged India in January.
The players took part in an end-of-season review with leadership consultant Tim Ford, and Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch said last week that Langer had cleared the air at a gathering on the Gold Coast before flying with the team to West Indies.

“I haven’t changed much in twenty-odd years of being involved in Australian cricket,” Langer said on the eve of Australia’s T20 series opener against West Indies in St Lucia. “Some of the things I was reading were a bit confusing actually. If I’m completely honest I was really hurt by some of it. Maybe I’m being a sook but in three years…I hadn’t heard from any of the people I work with and I certainly hadn’t heard from any of the players which had been so widely reported.

“The feedback I’ve been given for three years has been overwhelmingly positive of the role that I’ve been able to play as a coach.”

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