Almost three months ago, Australia didn’t have anything going their way. They faced a humiliating defeat against India earlier this year when the half-depleted sub-continent side bounced back after 36 all-out fiasco and won the series 2 – 1. There were then reports of players not getting along well with the coach Justin Langer because of his ‘micro-management’ coaching style. Australia then toured New Zealand and lost the T20 series.
Luck didn’t seem to change for the baggy green boys when they toured West Indies and suffered T20 defeat convincingly. The consolation was winning the ODI series there when the second match was canceled due to Covid 19. Never in their wildest dreams had Australia imagined that they would be bamboozled on the pitches of Bangladesh. The tourists were blown away with 4 -1 victory by the home side.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that with all the performances in 2021, Australia was not the top contender for winning the T20 World Cup 2021. The tables have turned and at the moment of writing this post, Australia not only won the T20 World cup but has inflicted crushing defeats on the England side in the first two Ashes Tests and the writing on the wall is looking 5 – 0 victory for the home side.
With his contract expiring in June 2022, Langer has opened up about willing to renew the job when he said “I love my job”. The 51-year-old has now the World Cup victory in his CV and indicated that the atmosphere in the dressing room has never been better.
“I have never thought differently, to be honest. I have been consistent with what I have said for the last four years. I love my job,” Langer was quoted as saying by ‘Sydney Morning Herald.
Justin Langer came onboard in the wake of the Sandpaper scandal where Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, and Steve Smith were found guilty. The coach then Darren Lehman was let off after his involvement was not found but he resigned soon afterwards.