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Pat Cummins breaks his silence on Justin Langer's resignation

Pat Cummins has issued a statement about the resignation of Australian cricket coach Justin Langer.
Australian Test captain Pat Cummins has broken his silence on Justin Langer's resignation via a statement on social media, hours before he was due to speak to reporters. Pictures: Getty Images

Australian Test captain Pat Cummins has broken his silence about the resignation of head coach Justin Langer last weekend.

Cummins had been yet to comment on Langer's decision to step down from the job, which came after he was only offered a six-month contract extension from Cricket Australia.

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Langer's contract had been due to expire in July, but with players unhappy about his no-nonsense coaching style and only a short-term offer on the table, the former Test opener opted instead to vacate his position as coach.

Cricket Australia, as well as the Australian players, has come intense criticism from a raft of former players unhappy about Langer's treatment.

Having been reluctant to comment on Langer's future in the days before he made his decision, Cummins broke his silence on the coaching saga with a lengthy statement posted on social media.

Cummins is due to speak to reporters later on Wednesday afternoon.

In the statement, Cummins acknowledged Langer's 'intensity' had clashed with players at times, but that his apology several months ago had been 'unneccesary', adding that the players knew his attitude came solely from a place of wanting to achieve the best results for the team.

Nevertheless, Cummins said the question was how to find 'the best style of coaching for the future', given the 'way the team has evolved'.

"Justin has acknowledged that his style was intense. And it was," Cummins wrote.

"He has apologised to players and staff for his intensity. I think his apology was unnecessary. Because the players were OK with JL's intensity.

"It came from a good place - his fierce love of Australia and the baggy green - something which has served Australian cricket well over three decades."

Pat Cummins praises Justin Langer but calls for new direction

While he was effusive in his praise for Langer, Cummins still admitted the feedback given by the players to Cricket Australia indicated a need for change.

Langer's 'intensity' was 'not the issue', he said, lauding CA's 'brave call' to pursue change during an admittedly successful time in Australian cricket.

Nevertheless, it was clear that a change was needed, he wrote.

"To be better players for Australia, from this solid foundation, we need a new style of coaching and skillset," he said.

After months of speculation about Justin Langer's future as head coach of Australia, the former Test opener opted to resign on Saturday morning. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)
After months of speculation about Justin Langer's future as head coach of Australia, the former Test opener opted to resign on Saturday morning. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

"This was the feedback players gave to Cricket Australia. And I understand it's the feedback support staff also gave.

"I add that as professional sportspeople we would have accepted any decision CA were to make because that's what professionals do."

Additionally, Cummins sought to defend his teammates from some of the outside criticism the side has copped in the wake of Langer's resignation.

"To all past players, I want to say this - just has you have always stuck up for your mates, I'm sticking up for mine," he said.

Cummins is set to speak to the media later on Wednesday afternoon.

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