Cricket Australia refutes reports but does not quell Langer speculation

Multiple media outlets had earlier
reported that Langer “reacted angrily” when the prospect of his
reapplying for the role was raised during the meeting with CA CEO Nick Hockley
and high-performance head Ben Oliver last Friday.

Appointed in the wake of the
ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018, Langer has held his position
since, but his contract expires mid-year.

“While we do not comment on
confidential conversations, we felt on this occasion it was important to correct
the record,” CA said in a statement that conspicuously lacked any
guarantee that Langer would continue in the job.

“Among other false claims, we
reject outright the assertion that the meeting was fiery or heated and that
Justin was asked to reapply for his job,” it said.

“Justin has always been contracted
as Head Coach through to the middle of this year and we have consistently
maintained that discussions around the future of the role would commence
following the conclusion of the men’s Ashes series.”

Australia beat England 4-0 in the Ashes
series that ended in January amid speculation over Langer’s future.

Media reports last year claimed that his
intense approach did not sit well with the entire team.

But after such a comprehensive
shellacking of England in the Ashes series, former England captain Michael
Vaughan wondered what more Langer had to do to earn another contract.

“If it’s true the Coach of
Australia has to reapply for his position when he has taken them to No 1 Test
team in the World & the T20 World Cup champs in the last few months .. the
landscape for success has hugely changed … Isn’t it about Winning ?? !!!,”
Vaughan tweeted on Monday.

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