Australian coach Justin Langer in quotes

Michael Ramsey

BEST QUOTES FROM JUSTIN LANGER'S FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE AS AUSTRALIAN CRICKET COACH

"People see me as really tough and serious ... but I'm also a bit of a hippie. One month every year I like to grow a beard and not wear shoes" - On his public persona

"The great paradox for me as a player (is) it was so competitive getting into the team but when you walk through the doors with the baggy green, it was like a brotherhood. It was like a nightclub mate, it was awesome" - On the comradely he experienced during his playing days

"I still get nervous even saying their names. They were that tough and they demanded excellence on and off the cricket field, and we played hard" - On former Australian coaches Bob Simpson and Allan Border

"The public would be disappointed if we don't play good hard, competitive cricket. That said, we can also modify our behaviours ... so it's not angry or over-aggressive" - On striking the right balance between aggression and competitiveness

"I think some of the best banter is among each other to get the opposition thinking about other things ... but we all know what the acceptable behaviours are" - On sledging

"Everyone knows the difference between right and wrong. That's simple. You get taught that when you're a little kid through your parents or through school. If our players literally stick to that right or wrong, they'll be OK I think" - On players 'crossing the line'

"He's a really good young bloke and he made a mistake. I love the way he plays his cricket" - On disgraced former vice-captain David Warner

"They are cricket tragics and they're great kids. That's why it's such a surprise they made the mistake they did" - On suspended duo Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft

"I like us all to be tight ... if we promote that elite mateship then we'll be OK because we'll be good on and off the cricket field" - On building closer bonds between players

"To me, that's the ultimate - we will judge ourselves on whether we're a great cricket team if we beat India in India" - On Australia's tour of India in 2021