T20 World Cup: Under-fire head coach Justin Langer leaves Australian squad ‘perplexed’ with bizarre LinkedIn post

Justin langer has raised questions over his style of management yet again following a LinkedIn post which has the Australian players thinking that it was a subtle dig at them. Langer was subject to severe criticism over the past few months but received Cricket Australia’s backing to lead the team for the T20 World Cup and the Ashes.

As per the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian players have been ‘perplexed’ by Justin langer’s motivational message on LinkedIn, and are perceiving it to be a dig aimed at them. The Australian squad has arrived in the UAE and are in quarantine before they begin their camp for the T20 World Cup, set to begin later this month. The squad were left confused by the post, having grown weary to similar motivational anecdotes received via WhatsApp from the head coach.

The Australian head coach posted: “A wise man once said: Don’t give them a taste of your own medicine. If they lied, let their medicine be honesty. If they played with your emotions, let your medicine be maturity. If they broke you, let your medicine heal you. If they made you cry, let your medicine make them smile. These remedies of yours may take years to work, but they work. And they last.”

The post further continued, “So be patient. Stay true to yourself. And remember this: it is better for people to value you for who you are, not who you pretend to be. Who you are lasts a lifetime. Who you pretend to be changes like the change of seasons. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, even if it means removing yourself from lives you want to be in. You are, no doubt, worthy of being valued for who you are. So be who you are. The wise man says: BE YOURSELF. YOU ARE UNIQUE and YOU ARE SPECIAL. Be happy, be healthy, be calm, be strong and BE YOURSELF.”

There have been concerns with Justin Langer’s abrasive style of management, with the players, Cricket Australia and the head coach all sitting down for talks in recent months to settle any differences. The former opener who has a contract until mid-2022, was subject to heavy speculation before Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley publicly backed Langer to remain coach for the T20 World Cup and Ashes.

Australia start their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa in Abu Dhabi on October 23.