Australia coach Justin Langer reveals how job pressure caused emotional turmoil at home

first_img Press Trust of India SydneyJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 11:48 IST On 3 May 2018, Justin Langer was announced as coach of the Australian national cricket team. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia coach Justin Langer has revealed that the first six months of his job were stressfulIndia won both the Test and ODI series by a 2-1 margin against AustraliaAustralia take on England in the first Test of the five-match Ashes series starts on August 1Australia coach Justin Langer has revealed that the first six months of his job were so stressful that his wife Sue was left in tears during the time Virat Kohli’s India were on course for their maiden Test and ODI series triumphs here.Speaking to ‘ESPNCricinfo’ ahead of the Ashes starting August 1, Langer said taking charge of the team, which was reeling in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal last year, took its toll on him especially during the drawn fourth Test against India here.”I’ve known my wife since I was 14 years old, so she knows everything about me, and they were leaving. They were leaving that day, and we were at breakfast at 8 o’clock and my wife started crying at the breakfast table in front of my daughters,” Langer recalled.”I said what’s going on, I had never see my wife cry – we know everything about each other. She said ‘I just don’t like what’s happening here, I don’t like what it’s doing to you, I don’t like what it’s doing to us, people are so mean, what people are saying about you and the team and Australian cricket’. That was a real eye-opener for me, that it was affecting my family,” he said.India won both the Test and ODI series by a 2-1 margin.A tense exchange with a journalist on all-rounder Glenn Maxwell’s Test future was another instance which made Langer feel that perhaps the pressure of the job was a bit too much.advertisement”I got, I’d say two out of 10 grumpy with the journalist in Sydney, and I was also amazed at the backlash of that as well,” Langer said.”I apologised straight after the event, that’s me, but I realised then and the way people said ‘he’s getting angry, he’s losing it’. I didn’t feel that but my wife was getting upset, that was a real moment.”I’ve said privately and publicly a few times if I look back to my career, 1993 when I got dropped for the first time, really tough time, but pivotal in my life. “I got dropped in 2001, a really, really tough time, but pivotal in my life. I look to January 2019 in Sydney, really tough time, but I’ve got no doubt it’ll be a massive part of my evolution as a coach,” he added.Also Read | Mitchell Santner back as New Zealand name 4 spinners for Test series in Sri LankaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Justin LangerFollow Team IndiaFollow Virat Kohli Australia coach Justin Langer reveals how job pressure caused emotional turmoil at homeFormer Test cricketer Justin Langer was announced as coach of the Australian national cricket team in May 2018, following the resignation of Darren Lehmann from the position.advertisementlast_img

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