Justin Langer on Saturday resigned as Australia men’s head coach, bringing down curtains of his successful tenure that extended to more than three years.
The announcement was made via a statement from Langer’s management company DSEG, just a day after Cricket Australia board members discussed his future.
“DSEG confirms that our client Justin Langer has this morning tendered his resignation as of the Australian men’s cricket team,” the statement said. “The resignation follows a meeting with Cricket Australia last evening. The resignation is effective immediately.”
Langer’s manager James Henderson, who also manages Ricky Ponting, Tim Paine and Cameron Green, followed it up with a statement on Twitter.
“As a player Justin retired on top after a 5-0 Ashes whitewash,” Henderson wrote. “Today, despite the views of a faceless few, he finishes his time as Australian cricket coach winning the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. Lest we forget what JL took over in 2018.”
As a player Justin retired on top after a 5-0 Ashes whitewash. Today, despite the views of a faceless few, he finishes his time as Australian cricket coach winning the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. Lest we forget what JL took over in 2018. https://t.co/YWhAWy0awZ
— James Henderson (@jahenderson63) February 5, 2022
Langer had taken over as Australia men’s team head coach shortly after the infamous ball-tampering scandal in March 2018. Under his watchful eyes, Australia won their first-ever T20 World Cup title and went on to hammer England 4-0 in the recently-concluded Ashes, brightening the chances of Langer getting a contract extension. But it did not happen.
Meanwhile, Australian players have three weeks to prepare for their next assignment, a historic tour of Pakistan. Assistant coach Andrew McDonald, who was already arranged to lead the squad for the forthcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka, has been appointed as an interim head coach.