Justin Langer quit as Australia coach in February following the Ashes and, after an acrimonious fallout, he has revealed he is considering stepping away from cricket for the first time in 30 years
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Langer sensationally quit following the Ashes, citing a lack of support from senior players, support staff and the board as the reason behind his decision in his resignation letter. And the 51-year-old has now revealed the nature of his exit means he is considering a move away from cricket.
Speaking at an event with Western Australia’s governor Kim Beazley, Langer was asked about a potential move into politics and replied: “I wasn’t happy the way it all ended, but I’m really proud of what we achieved. So I just wonder now whether it’s time for a new chapter and doing something else, because I love the game of cricket but I’ve been doing it [for a long time] … I’m excited to see what opportunities come up next.”
Langer is currently writing another memoir, revealing the acrimonious nature of his exit as Australia coach left him “angry”. He added: “Right now it’s a form of therapy, writing, because at the time I was angry.
“I was deeply hurt by the media. I’ve got thick skin but more so how it was affecting my family, because they were reading things. But my writing and my reading, my balance and perspective in life now is one because of the great people I’ve met, and lots of reading.”
Langer has already opened up on the ‘bulls*** politics’ and his resignation, recalling a conversation with Cricket Australia’s then interim chair Richard Freudenstein on the day he quit as coach. “The first thing he said to me was, ‘It must make you feel so good that all your mates are supporting you in the media,'” Langer said, according to Cricket Australia’s website.
“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.”