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Justin Langer steps down with immediate effect, CA announces replacement

Justin Langer steps down with immediate effect, CA announces replacement

Justin Langer has stepped down as head coach of the Australia men’s cricket team with an immediate effect. His resignation came after he denied the short-term extension of six months in his role that would have taken him to the end of the men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

The announcement was first made by Langer’s management company DSEG on Saturday, the morning after a lengthy Cricket Australia (CA) board meeting had finished without a resolution while he was flying from Melbourne to Perth.

“DSEG confirms that our client Justin Langer has this morning tendered his resignation as coach of the Australian men’s cricket team,” the statement said. “The resignation follows a meeting with Cricket Australia last evening. The resignation is effective immediately.”

CA Ceo Nick Hockely believed Langer had every right to win the men’s T20 World Cup 2022 on home soil following Ashes victory versus England by 4-0.

“We very much felt that Justin had earned the right to defend the T20 World Cup on home soil…but we understand and respect his decision,” Hockley said. “We were pretty clear with Justin that it was for a period of transition. When we sat down and looked at the needs of the team going forward, we felt that the team had evolved, and the requirements of the head coach had. 
Revealing the reason why Langer was offered a short-term extension, Hockley added,
“We understand…many people will be disappointed by the decision to only offer Justin a short-term contract. The decision to start a process of transition is what we believe is in the best interest of the men’s team for unity and future success.”
The official Twitter handle of CA has confirmed that Andrew McDonald has been appointed as interim coach of the team meanwhile.
“JUST IN: Cricket Australia confirms Andrew McDonald has been appointed interim head coach of the Aussie men’s team. More to come,” read the tweet from the official Twitter handle of Cricket Australia.

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