Justin Langer ‘humble’ ready to delegate
Justin Langer says he has shown he is ready to delegate more often after being “humiliated” by questions from the public about his future as an Australian coach.
Langer’s campaign for the Twenty20 World Cup got off to a good start against South Africa on Saturday night, pulling the reins with seven specialist batsmen and three rapids.
This is the first series of a big summer for Australia, which also includes an Ashes house before Langer leaves his contract next year.
Langer’s future had become a point of contention following the Test Series loss at home last summer to India and the T20 Series losses with an understaffed side in the West Indies and Bangladesh.
The discomfort among the players became apparent, prompting high-level meetings between the coach and senior members of the squad.
Langer insists these conversations were “the best” he had had in 10 years of training, while test captain Tim Paine appeared declaring a show of united support.
Langer, for his part, made it more of a point of honor to share the load, giving more responsibility to his captains and even skipping a training session last week as he worked on team strategy at home. team hotel.
“I don’t think it’s hard to delegate. It’s just that my personality is that I want to be involved in everything,” Langer said.
“And that’s part of the job.
“It’s been liberating to have great people around. I’ve always had it. But we have great leaders and I have amazing support staff.
“So it was good to have an afternoon without training because usually I rolled up my sleeves and got in on it.
“It was nice to be back here, getting ready for South Africa and doing all the testing and stuff. And it was good, it is working out.”
Langer said he only embraced meeting the players and the need to adjust at the start of his fourth year as a coach.
He also spoke to several coaches from several sports about their philosophies, including Trent Robinson in the NRL and Adam Simpson, and Alastair Clarkson in the AFL.
But he admitted that the public’s questions about his position were different.
“It was a time of humility, probably since January, if I’m completely honest,” he said.
“But it’s okay. I have a very curious mind and I had to adapt a lot.
“My philosophy throughout my life has been about honest conversations and honesty.
“And because of that, I have amazing mentors in my life.
“The public comment was the most humiliating thing. The closed-door conversations were not a confrontation.
“I really enjoyed it, and I hope it helps me become a better coach and continue to be a better person.”