Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley has come out in Justin Langer’s defence on Wednesday. Hockley stated that the Australian head coach has done an incredible job and would continue with his position as Australia compete in the T20 World Cup, followed by Ashes 2021. Australia is likely to announce the T20 World Cup 2021 squad on Thursday. Reports have suggested that both injured Aaron Finch and Steve Smith are likely to make the cut.
For the unversed, Justin Langer‘s current contract as the head coach of the Australian Cricket Team expires mid-2022. Hockley, appointed CA’s chief executive in May after serving as interim boss for almost a year, has ended all the speculations about Langer’s position via a public statement on Wednesday.
“Justin has done an incredible job in raising the culture, values and behaviours of the Australian men’s team since he took on the role in 2018,” Hockley said. “His efforts have restored public faith in the national team. He is contracted as head coach through to the middle of next year, with the focus now on a successful T20 World Cup campaign followed by the home Ashes defence.”
“The team has had an extremely disruptive and challenging 18 months during the pandemic. Despite those challenges, the side has had great success in one-day, Test and T20 cricket when all players were available. Justin, his coaching staff and the leaders within the team have an equally important part to play in ensuring a successful summer ahead” Nick Hockey said.
The Australian Cricket Team in their last T20I assignment suffered their first-ever T20 series defeat at the hands of Bangladesh by a margin of 4-1. They also lost two Test series at home against India earlier this year
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