Ricky Ponting to be peacemaker in Justin Langer and Cricket Australia ‘cowards’ stoush

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Aussie cricketer warns there’s ‘much more to come’ in Justin Langer’s battle against ‘cowards’ who cost him his coaching job – as Ricky Ponting is touted as a peacemaker this summer

  • Australia is facing a civil war between former coach and players this summer
  • Langer has been named a new member of Channel 7’s commentary team
  • That puts him on a collision course with the players who ousted him
  • A former player believes it will get worse before it gets better

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The already tense situation between Australian cricketers and former coach Justin Langer will reach boiling point with the former Test opener confirmed as part of Channel 7’s commentary team.

Former Test batsman and Cricket Australia assistant coach Brad Haddin fears the war of words between players and Langer could get a lot uglier.

It is likely that Ricky Ponting will be key in resolving the friction between Justin Langer and Cricket Australia as the former teammates reunite in media roles this summer.

Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer pictured during an Australian Cricket Hall of Fame presentation at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Former Australian cricketer Justin Langer pictured during an Australian Cricket Hall of Fame presentation at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Longtime Australian teammates Ponting and Langer developed a strong bond that could affect the coming weeks.

Langer’s explosive interview about his ugly departure as coach has sparked a potential firestorm ahead of Australia’s first Test in Perth on Wednesday.

He called out players he labeled “cowards” for leaking to the media during his tenure against him.

Langer will take center stage in Channel 7’s coverage of the Test summer, which begins in the 52-year-old’s home state and could attract additional attention.

“Punter kept JL ​​very even,” a current player told The Sydney Morning Herald.

According to Brad Haddin, another member of the coaching group for England’s World Cup and the 2019 Ashes tour, private conversations between Langer and the current players are needed to break the cycle of negativity that has reached a new high.

“This is just a really ugly situation,” Haddin told Triple M.

“This has been going on for a while, this has been going on for over 12 months. That takes it to a new level. Obviously, he lost the locker room at some point during his tenure. Whatever opinion you have about that, that happened, that’s a fact.

“But to have this still going on after 10 months, this is a guy who’s played 100 tests for Australia, he’s been a very successful coach. Yes, it ended messy and looks like a lot more to come

Australia's assistant coach Brad Haddin at a press conference at The Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

Australia's assistant coach Brad Haddin at a press conference at The Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

Australia’s assistant coach Brad Haddin at a press conference at The Hampshire Bowl, Southampton

Despite the publication of the interview, Langer and Cummins have been in contact for several weeks.

Haddin said more private conversations are needed to come to a resolution.

“I don’t know where they go from there, what they want the endgame to be. Do we want to play this out in public, is it time they sat behind closed doors and actually talked this out?’ he asked.

Because we all love the game and this has not been going on for a few weeks. There’s obviously a lot of tension there, and maybe this could be the catalyst to end it.”

Australia's lead-off hitter Justin Langer (R) and captain Ricky Ponting (L) walk into the crease after Ponting was hit in the face by a ball from England's Steve Harmison

Australia's lead-off hitter Justin Langer (R) and captain Ricky Ponting (L) walk into the crease after Ponting was hit in the face by a ball from England's Steve Harmison

Australia’s lead-off hitter Justin Langer (R) and captain Ricky Ponting (L) walk into the crease after Ponting was hit in the face by a ball from England’s Steve Harmison

Langer has dismissed suggestions after his interview that he is at war with Pat Cummins and other Australian cricketers.

He told 7News Perth: ‘Ironically I spoke to Patty on Monday, we had a long talk about how the team was going, how he’s going, how his family is going. And some of this nonsense is complete and utter nonsense.

“I have so much respect for Patty Cummins, I think he’s a brilliant player, I think he’s an excellent human being. So any thought that there’s a war between Patty and me couldn’t be further from the truth.’