Cricket legend Mark Taylor has made a desperate plea for the Australian cricket team to “stop the leaks”, as information within the inner sanctum pours out into the public domain.
Taylor’s request comes after coach Justin Langer’s alleged involvement in a heated exchange with a Cricket Australia staffer over a video that was uploaded showing Bangladesh celebrating a win over the Aussies.
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After a shock series loss to India on home soil last summer, rumblings of discontent slowly began to emerge from the Australian dressing room over Langer’s overbearing management style.
The players confronted Langer with some uncomfortable home truths regarding his coaching style before departing for their tour of the West Indies. Captain Aaron Finch labelled the talks as “quite confronting for him (Langer) at the time, but he took it head-on and addressed it”.
The pressure has ramped up after some woeful performances in the West Indies and Bangladesh from an inexperienced Australian team missing key players.
Taylor pinpointed Australia’s Test series defeat to India as the main reason for increased scrutiny on Langer but defended the coach and asked for leaking within the dressing room to stop.
“The disappointing thing has been that Australia lost last summer to India. That’s where all this talk came from,” Taylor told Sports Sunday.
“The Indian side without Virat Kohli was good enough to win here in Australia.
“When you lose in Australia, the magnifying glass goes on everyone, including the coach. That’s where it started.
“What Australia needs to do is obviously get their players back, stop the leaks within the team, that would be another thing. Stop chatting to media and get down and play some good cricket.”
Langer’s leadership style has often been called into question this year.Source:Getty Images
Taylor believes Langer has done exactly what Australian cricket needed after the traumatic episode of the ball-tampering scandal.
“Look, I’ve got to feel a little sorry for Justin Langer, to be totally honest,” Taylor said.
“He’s the guy who’s taken over the side post sandpaper-gate, obviously asked to bring some discipline to the side and there’s no doubt he’s done that.
“Now, there’s been some questions about that discipline and how he goes about relaying those messages to the players.”
Despite Australia’s horror shows against the West Indies and Bangladesh, it must be noted the side was without stars like Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins and lost Finch to injury.
Taylor says it’s “unfair” to judge Langer on Australia’s most recent performances because of the absence of so many big-name players.
Australia emerged victorious in just one game from five in their tours against the West Indies and Bangladesh.Source:AFP
“We’re now potentially rating Langer’s performance on those two tours when his top four are all out and they’re playing short-form games on slow, low pitches,” Taylor said.
“I just hope that Justin Langer is afforded the same compassion that we do with our players.
“He’s in and out of bubbles as well, he’s in and out of pressure, he’s having to deal without key players at a crucial time yet everyone seems to be pointing the finger at him, which I think is a little unfair.”
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