David Warner's swipe at Cricket Australia over Justin Langer exit

The opening batter has taken a dig at the governing body over how they handled the debacle.

David Warner (pictured right) hugs player David Warner (pictured right).
David Warner (pictured right) has hit out at Cricket Australia over the way they handled former coach Justin Langer's (pictured left) exit. (Getty Images)

David Warner has taken aim at Cricket Australia (CA) for how they handled former coach Justin Langer's exit last year after a tumultuous exit for the Aussie great. Langer was involved in a falling out with the governing body after some players raised concerns to CA over over his high intensity coaching style.

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Coming to the end of his four-year contract, CA offered Langer a six-month deal with no chance of an extension. Langer immediately rejected and resigned after the offer.

The build up to and fallout of Langer's exit as coach last year is a key focus of the second season of The Test documentary, which will be released on Friday on Prime Video. Since the fallout, Langer finally broke his silence in a podcast and a column and talked about the drama ahead of the Test series this year against the West Indies.

Langer was backed by a number of players, including former Test captain Tim Paine who labelled the short contract "embarrassing", "unprofessional" and "a disgrace" in his autobiography. Paine claimed CA took the easy way out knowing Langer would not accept it.

Now, Warner has taken aim at CA over they way they handled the debacle. "He wanted to keep coaching. It was a bit of a kick in the face to offer him a six-month contract," Warner said in the documentary.

Despite Warner's opinion, the Aussie great said Langer had lost some influential players in the dressing room.

David Warner (pictured left) has defended Justin Langer (pictured right) speak during a match.
David Warner (pictured left) has defended Justin Langer (pictured right) over his exit as coach of the Australian team last year. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

"He lost a fair few players, and probably the wrong players," Warner said.

In the documentary, a number of players said Langer's high-intensity management style had taken its toll. While current captain Pat Cummins said it shouldn't have come as a shock with some players raising concerns.

"The Ashes, it all came to a head because his contract came up," Cummins told viewers. "There was nothing out of the blue. We had spoken about a lot of these things over the previous 18 months to two years. "He was brilliant when we needed him in those initial years."

David Warner's tumultuous summer

Warner has been the centre of attention since the start of the Test summer after he hit out at the independent panel in charge of hearing his appeal to have a lifetime captaincy ban overturned, after the batter sensationally withdrew his application.

CA approved changes to its code of conduct in November, offering Warner the chance to appeal the lifetime ban he received after the Cape Town drama.

While he was expected to front a panel and plead his growth and contrition since the ball-tampering scandal - made up of three independent Code of Conduct commissioners - he claimed the process was determined to dredge up the controversy again and open up the 34-year-old and his family to public ridicule.

CA admitted it was disappointed in how the process unfolded after initially supporting Warner's bid to have his captaincy ban lifted.

"We are disappointed with this outcome as our intention was to give David the opportunity to demonstrate why his lifetime leadership ban should be varied at an independent hearing and we amended our Code of Conduct accordingly," a CA spokesman said.

"We supported David's wish for these discussions to be heard behind closed doors and respect his decision to withdraw his application. David is a very senior and highly regarded member of the Australian team who has been a great ambassador for the game as a whole since his return from a year-long ban."

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