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Fired up Langer opens up about messy CA exit

Australian cricket great Justin Langer has opened up about his departure from the men's cricket team.


Langer stepped down from the national head coach role in February after leading Australia to an Ashes and T20 World Cup triumph.


Several former teammates of Langer's leapt to his defence which opened up a conversation between himself and Acting Cricket Australia chairman Richard Fraudenstein.


“The first thing he said to me was: ‘It must make you feel good that all your mates are supporting you in the media’,” a fired up Langer said at a West Australian Chamber of Commerce event on Wednesday.


“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 was 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.”


Langer went onto deny that he never was asked to re-apply for his job and had never had any contact with English cricket to coach their men's side.


“I’ve never spoken to English cricket,” Langer said.


“The thought of coaching England … mate!”


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