Johnson is standing up for his mate, I am sticking up for mine: Pat Cummins
CRICDOT DESK : Justin Langer’s resignation as head coach of Australia did not go well with many members of Cricket’s fraternity. Many former Australian cricket players have openly criticized Cricket Australia for their decision. The test skipper Pat Cummins was also scrutinized. Many believe he is involved in the exit of a former cricket player, as Speedster has not officially approved Langer’s extension.
Former Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson agrees. He launched an overwhelming attack on Cummins and called him “useless” because he did not stand up for Langer. In response, Cummins said the former teammate had the right to accept his opinion and was not trying to reconcile with him. The senior test pacemaker has issued a statement to the media to fight back against Langer’s former teammates.
“I completely disagree with what he (Mitchell Johnson) is saying. He didn’t come out before and he has the right to accept his opinion. He`s standing up for his mate. I can hold my head high so I`m fine. To all past players, I want to say this — just as you have always stuck up for your mates, I`m sticking up for mine,” Cummins stated.
Lavishing praises on Langer, Cummins said he is indebted to the West Australian for playing a part in Australia`s maiden T20 World Cup win and the 202122 Ashes triumph. While the Test skipper called Langer “the perfect man for the times”, he reckons the team now needs a change.
“There are so many positives to what JL has brought to the table. He was the perfect man for the times and he did a fantastic job. I loved working with him and thought he was brilliant. Some of these skillsets are a little bit different to perhaps a traditional coaching style,” said Cummins.
“I think he tweaked his coaching style the last six months but we think now is time for a different direction. It`s a matter of opinion, but we think it`s the right one,” he added. Clearing the air, the 28yearold further said he has been in touch with Langer after his resignation.
“We`ve had a few messages over the last few days and we`re all good. From my point of view, I have huge respect for the man and I love what he has done. I owe him a lot he`s been brilliant for this team but also me individually. He`s backed me in a lot and that`s probably what I passed on to him and hopefully we can catch up soon and talk about it,” asserted Cummins.