Cricketing legend Shane Warne gave his opinion on Australian coach Justin Langer not being signed by Cricket Australia, saying that the historic success of the team warrants it.
Langer is nearing the end of his four-year contract with the team. He took over after a bad time for Australian cricket, that being the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.
Since then, the coach has made the team go from strength to strength. The highlights included winning a maiden men’s T20 World Cup crown and retaining the Ashes urn twice.
Warne gave his opinion on Langer not being signed, and said that he has to be backed.
“I’m a little surprised actually that he hasn’t already been signed,” the former bowler said, as quoted by Fox Sports Australia.
“They had their dramas six months ago, to me it looks like they’ve sorted it all out. And I think Australian cricket is finally starting to look in really good shape.
“Unless there’s something going on that I’m not sure about, I’m not sure why they haven’t signed him again.”
Former Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan also commented on the situation, and cheekily suggested that if Australia isn’t interested, England would like to have him.
“I would jump at the chance,” Vaughan said. “Be careful what you wish for, that’s all I’ll say.
“The grass is not always greener and Justin Langer, from what I see, he’s doing a fantastic job. If I was Cricket Australia I’d sign him up for at least a couple more years…”
“He’d take all that information to make sure that in 2023 you (Australia) go on to win the Ashes convincingly in English conditions, because they’ve got the squad and the mentality around the group with Justin’s kind of leadership to go on and do so.
“But if you don’t want him, yeah, we’ll have him,” he concluded.