Justin Langer's embarrassing moment lights up cricket world

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Justin Langer was filthy with himself after the former Test batsman was stumped while playing for Woodpeckers CC in Singapore last week. Pictures: Twitter/SportyGoLive
Justin Langer was filthy with himself after the former Test batsman was stumped while playing for Woodpeckers CC in Singapore last week. Pictures: Twitter/SportyGoLive

Justin Langer is a famously competitive cricketer, but the former Australian coach might need some time in the nets after a hilarious dismissal while playing in Singapore.

The former Test batsman has maintained a relatively low profile since he stepped down as coach of Australia earlier in 2022, but it hasn't sapped his love for the game one bit.

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Langer strapped on the pads for Woodpeckers CC in Singapore last week, but as footage from social media shows, it didn't all go to plan.

Most cricket fans would have expected the wily Western Australian to absolutely put away a high, looping slow ball sent down the leg side - and clearly, so did Langer.

Unfortunately for the 51-year-old, his sweep shot was a big swing with no ding, the ball sailing through to the keeper who pulled off a nifty bit of glovework to have Langer out stumped.

The bowler, understandably if you'd just miraculously beaten a high-quality Test batsman for flight, amusingly charged down middle of the wicket in celebration, while Langer could only watch on in disbelief.

Wearing an wry smile as he walked off the field, Langer simply shrugged his shoulders once he got back to his team on the boundary.

The moment was all in good fun, with Langer posing for pictures with nearby fans shortly afterwards.

It wasn't ideal for the Woodpeckers though, who found themselves in deep trouble at 4/31 when Langer was out for 7.

Langer quit as coach of Australia in February after being offered an insulting six-month contract extension despite guiding the team to T20 World Cup and Ashes glory.

Player power was believed to have played a significant role in Langer's exit, with reports members of the Aussie squad became disillusioned by his intense man-management style.

A rumoured breakdown in the relationship between Langer and a core of senior players led to CA's move to push the 51-year-old towards the exit.

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A host of Australia's greatest Test players, including Mark Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden and the late Shane Warne, lambasted CA for the way it treated Langer.

Speaking at a Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA event in Perth, Langer clearly still harboured resentment about the way he was treated - particularly with regard to interim CA boss Richard Freudenstein.

The 51-year-old recalled a conversation he had with the interim CA chairman the day after he quit as Australia coach, and the lack of support he felt from the nation's cricket powerbrokers.

Justin Langer was less than impressed by his treatment at the hands of Cricket Australia, eventually stepping down as coach. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Justin Langer was less than impressed by his treatment at the hands of Cricket Australia, eventually stepping down as coach. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

"The first thing he (Freudenstein) said to me was, 'It must make you feel so good that all your mates are supporting you in the media,'" Langer recalled.

"I said, 'Yeah it is, acting chairman, but with all due respect, those mates are also the all-time greats of Australian cricket. They are the fabric of Australian cricket. They are Australian cricket. They also work all around the world in cricket. So yeah, I'm glad my mates are looking after me. Imagine if you had have'.

"Ironically, the last six months of my coaching career were the most enjoyable period of 12 years of coaching.

"Not only did we win everything, but I had energy, and I had focus, and I was happy - besides the bulls*** politics."

Australia have since appointed Andrew McDonald as Langer's replacement.

With AAP

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