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Team rumblings are a ‘wake-up call’ which Justin Langer won’t ignore



Justin Langer believes rumblings within the Australian dressing room about its uncompromising environment are a “wake up call” he cannot ignore, ahead of key meetings among administrators who have the ultimate say about how long he remains as coach of the national team.

The CA Board are due to meet on Friday for the first time since the end of the series loss to India, while any concerns from within the team about Langer’s approach as a coach may well be addressed when the new Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) chief executive Todd Greenberg has his first formal sit-down with the governing body’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley later this month.

A shocked Langer had fronted some of the concerns in reply to a piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday, seemingly adamant the anxieties raised are without basis. But the fact that a way was found for sensitive internal issues to be raised publicly underlines that numerous players have either not been comfortable enough to front Langer about them directly, fearing selection or other consequences, or do not feel that any feedback already presented thus far has had the desired effect.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo on Monday, Langer acknowledged that any issues could be a matter for discussion between Greenberg and Hockley, and described the episode as a considerable reality check for him between the end of a draining India series and the proposed tour of South Africa.

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