Justin Langer has resigned as Australia men’s head coach after declining the offer of a short-term extension to his contract.
The announcement was made via a statement from Langer’s management company DSEG on Saturday, the morning after a lengthy CA board meeting had finished without a resolution, while Langer was flying from Melbourne to Perth.
“DSEG confirms that our client Justin Langer has this morning tendered his resignation as 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.”
Langer’s manager James Henderson, who also manages Ricky Ponting, Tim Paine and Cameron Green followed up with his own statement on Twitter.
“As a player Justin retired on top after a 5-0 Ashes whitewash,” Henderson wrote. “Today, despite the views of a faceless few, he finishes his time as Australian cricket coach winning the T20 World Cup and the Ashes. Lest we forget what JL took over in 2018.”
Three-and-a-half hours after the news broke, CA released a statement saying that they had offered Langer the chance to stay.
“Cricket Australia has accepted men’s team head coach Justin Langer’s resignation, which was received today,” the statement said. “Justin was offered a short-term extension to his current contract, which sadly he has opted not to accept.
“The contract extension offered to Justin was the result of a thorough review process that evaluated many factors including future requirements of the team and the upcoming extensive schedule of fixtures.”
“The extension was approved by the CA Board and was put to Justin last night. It included the opportunity to defend the T20 World Cup title in Australia at the end of this year.”
Senior assistant Andrew McDonald has been named interim coach. McDonald was already set to coach the T20I series against Sri Lanka while Langer rested. He will now lead Australia’s tour of Pakistan with another assistant likely called into the fold on a short-term basis.
“Justin has been an outstanding coach of the Australian men’s team over the past four years,” CA chief executive Nick Hockley said on Saturday. “He has restored the trust in the team and his legacy is assured.