Tim Paine backs Justin Langer as Australia coach after discussions…

Australia Test captain Tim Paine has backed under-fire coach Justin Langer and vowed the players will work with former openers over the next six months following a “robust” emergency zoom meeting between Cricket Australia’s leaders on Wednesday.

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Langer’s role has been under the microscope in the wake of heavy T20 series defeats and amid media reports that some players had become disaffected by his intense coaching style. Test skipper Paine said he and other senior players had cleared the air with Langer and that the coach was not to blame for the team’s recent setbacks in the West Indies and Bangladesh.

“The last few days we’ve really been able to galvanise around him, to have some really robust discussions on where we want to take this cricket team, what we expect of him and what he expects of us.”

Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley this week said Langer was contracted through to mid-2022 and praised him for helping rally the team when he took over in the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal in 2018.

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