Australia manager Justin Langer says he is proud of the team’s achievements over the past two months and that although his current contract is coming to an end he is not worried about his future ahead of talks with cricket board officials. The 51-year-old’s tenure appeared to be on thin ice last year amid reports that his coaching style had caused discontent in the dressing room.
But the former Test batsman has since guided Australia to their maiden Twenty20 World Cup triumph in November and oversaw their 4-0 draw against England earlier this month. “I’m never nervous (about the future),” Langer told SEN Radio.
“Whatever happens from now on, we can all be incredibly proud of this little period.” Langer said the success was due to their impeccable preparation ahead of major competitions.
“We had two missions: to win the World Cup and to win the Ashes. To do this in such a short time is a monumental effort and we’re all really happy with it, we’re all really happy about it, we’re all really, really proud of that.
“I’m sitting here right now feeling really satisfied with the last two sets.” Cricket Australia’s high performance chief Ben Oliver said the players would be consulted before making a decision on Langer’s future.
Langer’s former teammate Ricky Ponting says the board should give him a new contract. “I don’t see how he hasn’t (offered himself another contract),” Ponting told the website www.cricket.com.au.
“I know there’s been a bit of noise over the past two weeks and Cricket Australia hasn’t given him any assurances to continue. I don’t see how Justin can’t continue.”
Australia will tour Pakistan in March, their first to the South Asian country since 1998, to play three Tests, an equal number of one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match.
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