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Australian Cricket: Langer resigns as Aussie coach

Justin Langer has resigned as coach of the Australian men's cricket team, just weeks after playing his part in a 4-0 Ashes series win over England.

Langer also oversaw victory in the T20 World Cup final, with Australia now priced at 10/3 to defend their title, but it still wasn't enough to keep him in his job.

Rumours of unrest

There has been talk of unrest in the camp for some months now with some players said to be unhappy with the intense nature of Langer's coaching methods.

Langer was due to fall out of contract in June but following talks with Cricket Australia on Friday evening he has decided to walk away from the position.

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Cricket Australia have come in for some harsh criticism from former Aussie greats, including Ricky Ponting, for the way that Langer has been treated but they say it was hit decision to turn down a short-term deal.

CA chief Nick Hockley said in a statement: "We are naturally disappointed Justin has decided against continuing as coach but respect his decision and wish him all the best in the future.

"Justin has been an outstanding coach of the Australian men's team over the past four years. He has restored the trust in the team and his legacy is assured."

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Langer's manager James Henderson took to twitter to offer a different view and suggested his client had been stabbed in the back by some in the Australian dressing room.

The 51-year-old former Australian opening batsman did a great job in saving the face of Australian cricket following the infamous sandpaper scandal in the South Africa and Henderson says he can leave with his head held high.

"As a player Justin retired on top after a 5-0 Ashes whitewash," Henderson tweeted. "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."

Langer may not be out of a job for too long with England in the hunt for a replacement for Chris Silverwood who left his position as coach earlier this week.

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