Justin Langer addressed ‘confronting’ team review with squad ahead of tour


Aaron Finch praised the coach for tackling the issues “head on”

Justin Langer addressed the “confronting” team reviews that led to talk of unrest in the Australia dressing room before the limited-overs squad departed for West Indies with a greater use of assistant coaches one of the key recommendations.
Reports emerged in Nine newspapers after the Test series defeat against India that there were tensions behind closed doors, which was followed up by end-of-season reviews conducted with leadership consultant Tim Ford who had been involved with the return of David Warner and Steven Smith after their bans in 2019. But given the challenges created by Covid-19 last weekend’s camp on the Gold Coast was the first time Langer had the chance to address a full squad.

Those heading to the West Indies were joined by others from outside the white-ball group, including Test captain Tim Paine, while New South Wales-based players were involved remotely due to the lockdown in Sydney.

“Over the couple of days on the Gold Coast we had a great camp…the ability for JL to address a few issues that came up in the review with Tim Ford, that was brilliant from him to tackle them head on, suppose put his side of the story, that shows the quality of the man he is and things he’s working on,” limited-overs captain Aaron Finch said from St Lucia.

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