Why Justin Langer turned down an interview for the Amazon documentary

When asked if he had any control over what is shown in the final cut, Langer replied, “Zero. As with most of these things, it was very important that it was presented respectfully and fairly from my point of view because I would not be involved.

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“You’ll see some of the quotes come out. I haven’t seen the documentary. I haven’t seen a second of it. When there are negative connotations, people tend to. If people think this is all negative, that’s crazy.”

In the documentary, players give their take on Langer’s retirement, which came after Cricket Australia offered the former Test opener a six-month extension after winning the T20 World Cup and Ashes. Langer declined the offer.

“He wanted to keep training,” Australia’s opening batsman David Warner says in the documentary. “I think it was a bit of a kick in the face to offer him a six-month contract.

“From my point of view I could say he lost a couple of players and probably the wrong players.”

Langer agreed with Warner’s remarks.

“That’s how it usually works,” Langer said. “Davey’s right. You lose a few players or people don’t like the way you do business and that makes it difficult. That’s also part of being a head coach. One thing I’ve learned in life is that if you try to please everyone, you’re trying to please nobody. Of course, there isn’t a head coach in world history that every player loves.

Justin Langer and David Warner at Boxing Day Test 2019.

Justin Langer and David Warner at Boxing Day Test 2019.Credit:AAP

“The truth is, in my children’s lives, 90 percent of the players I still have contact with. I’ve been there for 10 months. Every time we see each other, we hug. It’s like I’m still the coach. When I saw the players [during the summer while on commentary duties], it wasn’t stressful. I knew it wouldn’t be. There was this big narrative that we hated each other. It’s just not true.

“That’s why it was so hard for my family. [My family say to me] “They act like you hate each other.” No stress. I get it. I probably didn’t like their style as a player either. That’s okay. So life is. When you have to make choices and have difficult conversations, that’s part of the coaching profession.”

Lyon, who praises Langer for his passion, admits in the documentary that he struggled with the manager’s volatility.

“They say I’m aloof when we lose,” Langer said. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll be quiet’ … but it might be two hours, but never more than 24. Hand on heart, I don’t think I was angry. I just kept quiet. Some people drink 10 beers and smile through it.

“My mind was racing at a million miles an hour trying to figure out how we can do better next time. Anyone who knows me knows I’m such a fucking hippie, mate. I love reading and writing and gardening.”

In episode three, Cummins addresses the issue of Langer’s exit and his decision to make a public statement in support of his teammates.

In February, Cummins said, “To all the past players, I want to say this: Just as you’ve always stood up for your buddies, I’ll stand up for mine.”

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In the documentary, Cummins says, “CA sought out a few people for their feedback, but nothing came out of the blue at the time. He was brilliant when we needed him in those early years.

“I wanted to say something straight away. Then I thought, there’s just so much garbage out there and so much noise that we’ll just give it a few days. So, I remember sitting down. I basically wrote down a few thoughts.”

In the documentary, left-arm weirdo Ashton Agar says of Cummins’ reaction, “It was amazing. It was eloquent, it was thoughtful and it was supportive of its players.”

Langer said so herald and Age that headlines saying players “walked on eggshells” were misleading and based on comments made by opener Usman Khawaja in the previous documentary.

“In that scene we just came back from Sandpapergate and just got beaten by India in Melbourne,” Langer said. “It all boils down to one meeting we had after the game after losing in Melbourne. Uzzie was incredibly positive about me publicly after all of these things happened.

“Uzzie is one of the best people I’ve met in Australian cricket because he’s so honest. I respect that very much.”

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