Pat Cummins press conference on Justin Langer’s resignation, statement, what did he say, response

Pat Cummins has broken his silence on his role in Justin Langer’s departure as manager and revealed why he believes Australia should go in a different direction.

Cummins issued a lengthy statement before facing the media on Wednesday afternoon in a bid to clarify the coach’s departure.

At the press conference, Cummins said comments from himself, teammates and other staff were that a calmer, more “collaborative” approach was needed than Langer could provide.

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“I think this group is looking forward to, some things through the review process that we really wanted and found important to get the best out of our players is that I think players get a more collaborative approach,” Cummins said.

“A big theme this summer was to be calmer, more composed. It’s feedback from the players, the staff and Cricket Australia that this is the direction we want to take for the team.

Cummins acknowledged that Langer had changed his style during his tenure, but suggested that CA did not believe the change was lasting.

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“I think he kind of tweaked a change quite a bit,” Cummins said. “He deserves a lot of credit for that.

“I think the question then became, do we think this is sustainable. We thought it was the right time to change.

“I think some of those skills are maybe a little bit different from his traditional coaching style.

“I think he’s honed his coaching style over the last six months and he’s done a really good job, but we think it’s time for a change of direction.

“It’s a matter of opinion but we think it’s the right one.”

Cummins also praised Langer for his high standards in the team, but said he didn’t think the coach should have been surprised he was left out.

“I don’t think he should be surprised though, it’s been two years of assessment…I don’t think there are any big surprises,” he said.

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Earlier, in a statement released an hour before the press conference, Cummins defended his actions as speculation mounted over Langer’s future.

“There have been a lot of public comments since the resignation of Justin Langer as manager of the Australian cricket team,” he said in the statement.

“For good reason, I didn’t make a public comment until today.

“Talking about a decision, which had not yet been made and which belonged to Cricket Australia, would have put Cricket Australia and the team in an impossible position.

I would never do that.

Cummins said the players had no problem with Langer’s intense manner.

“Justin acknowledged that his style was intense. And it was,” he said.

“He apologized to the players and staff for his intensity. I think the apologies were unnecessary.

Because the players agreed with JL’s intensity.

“It came from a good place – his fierce love of Australia and baggy green – something

So his intensity wasn’t the issue for the players and support staff.

“The question is: what is the best coaching style for the future, given the evolution of the team?

Cummins and white ball captain Aaron Finch were consulted before Ben Oliver and Nick Hockley recommended to the Cricket Australia board that they offer Langer a six-month extension.

The board unanimously agreed, according to Hockley, although Langer chose to reject the proposal.

As reported by Last Monday, the retired top hitter was seeking a multi-year deal following a T20 World Cup win and a dominating Ashes streak.

Suggestions of re-applying for his job or anything less than a multi-year deal insulted Langer and drew criticism from several of his former teammates.

Cummins’ role in the saga led to scathing assessments from Matthew Hayden and Mitchell Johnson in particular, while Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting lamented the way Langer’s exit was handled by Cricket Australia, but did not echo Hayden or Johnson’s dismay at Cummins.

Australia captain Pat Cummins and then head coach Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Alex Carey and Usman Khawaja have previously spoken publicly about Langer’s departure, but Cummins was keen to clear up any confusion and answer as many questions as needed.

Nathan Lyon and Marnus Labuschagne have had media opportunities canceled in recent days.

It is understood Cummins has always planned to speak but preferred to let the dust settle after an emotionally charged week in Australian cricket that has divided the great retirees and the current crop of players.

Cummins has been asked directly on at least four occasions since Christmas whether Langer should be given a contract extension. On each occasion, he declined to give a straight answer, but praised the coach’s work through the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.

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