Under-fire Australia coach Justin Langer backed to lead team through T20 World Cup and Ashes

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Cricket Australia have issued a vote of confidence in under-fire coach Justin Langer to lead the side through this winter’s Ashes series against England.

Langer’s position has come under increased scrutiny since the 2-1 home Test series defeat to a severely depleted India at the start of the year and his coaching style and grumpy demeanour have been questioned throughout his tenure, which began in the wake of the 2018 ball-tampering scandal.

The criticism has only intensified in recent days after a weakened Australia were hammered 4-1 by Bangladesh in their T20 series, just two months out from the World Cup. The Ashes are due to follow that tournament, though Covid restrictions Down Under mean the series remains in doubt.

“Justin (Langer) has done an incredible job in raising the culture, values and behaviours of the Australian men’s team since he took on the role in 2018,” the statement said. “His efforts have restored public faith in the national team which is a side all Australian’s can be incredibly proud of.

“He is contracted as Head Coach through to the middle of next year with the focus now on a successful T20 World Cup campaign followed by the home Ashes defence in what is one of the most anticipated Series and summers of cricket in Australia for many years.

“Like many in the community and around the world the team has had an extremely disruptive and challenging 18 months during the pandemic. Despite those challenges the side has had great success in One-Day, Test and T20 cricket, when all players were available.

“Justin, his coaching staff and the leaders within the team have an equally important part to play in ensuring a successful summer ahead for the Australian cricket team.”

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