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Justin Langer resigns as Australia Head Coach with immediate effect

Justin Langer (Reuters Photo)

Justin Langer has resigned from his position as Head Coach of the Men's Australian Cricket Team. It comes a day after some heated discussions with Cricket Australia in which no decision has been made on Langer's future. Langer's management firm made the news public via Twitter on Saturday.

The CEO of Cricket Australia(CA) Nick Hockley said that the confidential meetings between Justin Langer and the board would continue until a final decision is made. Langer was offered a short-term contract which would have kept him in the job until the T20 World Cup later this year where Australia will defend their title.

"Justin has been an outstanding coach of the Australian men's team over the past four years. He has restored the trust in the team and his legacy is assured," Hockley said.

"We are extremely proud of his achievements since he took over in 2018, including the recent T20 WC victory and Ashes success. We are naturally disappointed Justin has decided against continuing as a coach but respect his decision and wish him all the best in the future.

"I would like to sincerely thank Justin and also his family for all that they have given to Australian cricket over the past four years, for which we remain eternally grateful."

Langer's manager James Henderson put out a statement congratulating the 51-year old on the T20 World Cup and Ashes success.

"As a player, Justin retired on top after a 5-0 Ashes whitewash," Henderson wrote. "Today, despite the views of a faceless few, he finishes his time as Australian cricket coach winning the T20 WC and the Ashes. Lest we forget what JL took over in 2018."

There were rumours after the last Australian summer that the players are not happy with the 51-year old's coaching style, labelling it as 'intense and old-school'. Test and white-ball captains Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch also did not fully back Langer when asked about his future.

"It lies in Cricket Australia's hands. JL has been doing a fantastic job. He has been there for four years," Cummins told reporters on Thursday. "His contract is obviously up soon. So they're just going through an evaluation process at the moment which I think is fair and the right thing to do. We all get evaluated all the time as cricketers, it's part of a high-performance environment."

Langer took over from Darren Lehmann in 2018 in the aftermath of Newland's ball-tampering fiasco that shook Australian cricket. Cracks started to appear after Australia lost to a second-string Indian side at home before reaching boiling point after a T20 series loss to Bangladesh in August.

Langer reportedly held crisis talks with senior players of the team including Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch after coming under serious pressure for Australia's poor performances in the West Indies and Bangladesh. He publicly admitted to taking a more laid-back approach during the T20 World Cup in which Australia triumphed against all odds.

Australia will travel to Pakistan in March for a historic tour after 24 years. Assistant Coach Andrew McDonald, who will lead the side for the upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka, has been appointed on an interim basis.

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