Former Australia captain and top-order batsman Michael Clarke believes that head coach Justin Langer may resign if Tim Paine and his teammates win the forthcoming Ashes series in their home country. The competition in to be held December and January, as per the latest update. This is a bold prediction made by the former skipper and it won’t be great cricket news for the fans.
It was reported earlier this year that Langer’s coaching method had been called into question, with the Australian players claiming to be “dissatisfied.” On November 14, the squad came together and won their first T20 World Cup victory in the United Arab Emirates, defeating New Zealand in the final to claim their first major international championship in the shortest format. Despite that, there were some discontent with their performances with the cricket bat.
The story of the Australian team and what will be expected of them in the upcoming days
“The Australian squad, he hoped, would be “the greatest in the world.” He wanted us to play a style of cricket that he was proud of, and we have just won the World Cup as a result of his efforts. If we can win the Ashes as well, he will have accomplished everything he came here to do, and knowing Langer, he won’t coach for the wrong reasons,” Clarke was cited as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“In the interests of the players and of him, I hope that we can maintain this form, win the Ashes series, and then allow him the freedom to pursue his own interests. If he believes his work is over, I believe he will go away, and I would welcome the opportunity to watch him move away on his own terms,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Langer was effusive in his admiration for David Warner, who was crowned the Player of the Tournament after scoring 289 runs in seven games and earning the distinction. After a disastrous performance at the IPL 2021, Warner entered the event on the tail of the prospect of losing not only his leadership of the Sunrisers Hyderabad but also his status in the team’s playing XI. Warner was the highest-scoring player in the tournament’s history.
The comments Justin Langer made about David Warner were full of praise and rightly so, as he was a top player for the Australian side
“I thought he was outstanding throughout the competition, and he had the confidence to continue to play his natural style. Yep, I have no doubt that he will enter this Test series with a high level of self-assurance. It is incredible what a few runs can do for a batsman. It is really crucial, because scoring runs is the only way to regain your confidence in the long term.”
However, since Cricket Australia (CA) has decided to postpone the one-off Test against Afghanistan scheduled in November in Hobart. The side will instead play England in their first Ashes match on December 8, which will take place in Melbourne.
What next for the team from down-under, can they defend the title next year that they won for the first time recently?
It will be a great title to defend back home in the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup. The Aussie side will be fired up and the team will want to hold on to the trophy that they just bagged in the UAE. It has been some tough work to get hold of one of these for Aaron Finch and co. and the skipper will want his boys to retain it.
However, teams like India, Pakistan, New Zealand and England will be keen on challenging them for this claim. On the other hand, some of the more under-performing teams will want to come back stronger as well. They will want to leave their mark on the shortest format of the game.
It would help them raise the stakes of the tournament and fight for a place amongst the cricketing greats. That is, in case they can get the job done, something that the Kiwis have failed to do so far in the last two meetings that they have had in the World Cup finals against Australia. Hopefully, that can change soon!!