The fallout from the Justin Langer saga continues as former players have backed the outgoing coach and slammed the players and Cricket Australia for forcing Langer out of the door. Former players including Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden have voiced their support towards their former teammate.
Langer recently resigned as the Head Coach of the Australian Cricket team after allegations from the players and management that he was too "intense" and "hard-nosed". Mitchell Johnson slammed the Australian Test skipper Pat Cummins, calling him 'gutless' for not publicly backing Langer.
“Cummins might have delivered with the ball during the Ashes series, but he has failed his first big test as captain pretty miserably,” Mitchell Johnson wrote.
“Cummins holds a lot of power and must have been central to what’s happened. He’s clearly had an agenda to get in a coach he wants. His recent interviews have been gutless by not respecting his coach when he could have been upfront from the start,” said Mitchell Johnson.
Ricky Ponting, who captained Langer during his playing career, took a jibe at Cricket Australia for the way they handled this issue as well as Tim Paine's sexting scandal. "I think it's a really sad day as far as Australian cricket is concerned," Ponting told ABC radio. "And if you look back, it's been a really poor six months. I think of the way that Cricket Australia as a whole have handled some of the better people in Australian cricket, Justin Langer and Tim Paine, I think it's been almost embarrassing with the way they've handled those two cases."
Matthew Hayden, the long-standing opening partner of Langer, also slammed Cummins for not endorsing the outgoing Head Coach. "If you listen to the Australian captain the other day not mention once any kind of commendation or support for him, I don't think (Justin) would be going very well at all. That would be extremely hurtful.
Ian Chappel meanwhile had different views concerning the issue throwing his weight behind Pat Cummins and saying the former players are acting as Langer's "PR Machine".
"It's easy to lambast Cricket Australia, because they are not very good, and it was only to be expected, their reaction," Chappell told the Wide World of Sports this week.
"What annoys me is two things; the fact Pat Cummins, who has probably been as honest as you can be in this sort of thing, that he's copped a bit of a pasting… and the Justin Langer PR machine has been at work, and in a lot of cases that's been believed."