Justin Langer has quit as coach of Australia’s men’s cricket team effectively immediately, after a meeting with Cricket Australia heavyweights in Melbourne on Friday night.
Langer took control of the long-running saga by using his own management company, DSEG, to announce that he was out.
In a statement posted to Twitter on Saturday morning, the company said: “DSEG confirms that our client Justin Langer has this morning tendered his resignation as coach of the Australian men’s cricket team.
“The resignation follows a meeting with Cricket Australia last evening. The resignation is effective immediately.”
It comes after a successful summer where Langer led the Aussies to their maiden T20 World Cup victory and a comprehensive 4-0 Ashes triumph.
But it also comes as no surprise after a year of reports of disharmony within the team and after Test captain Pat Cummins repeatedly refused to publicly endorse a contract extension for the coach.
Langer’s manager James Henderson lashed out at “a faceless few” for undermining the Australian coach.
“As a player Justin retired on top after a 5-0 Ashes whitewash,” Henderson tweeted.
“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.”
Cricket Australia released a statement saying Langer had “sadly” opted to reject a short-term contract extension.
“Justin was offered a short-term extension to his current contract, which sadly he has opted not to accept,” the statement read.
“Justin is not only a legend of the game but an outstanding individual.”
Former greats unleashed on the decision, with the likes of Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden and Mitchell Johnson all unhappy at CA’s treatment of Langer.
West Coast Eagles chairman Russell Gibbs weighed in on Langer’s exit, with the departing cricket coach a board member at the club.
“Justin’s incredible passion, integrity and elite sporting experience make him an invaluable member of the West Coast Eagles board, and for these reasons alone, his resignation as coach of the Australian cricket team must be a huge loss to cricket in Australia.”
WA Premier Mark McGowan said on Saturday “many West Australians would be disappointed” by Langer’s resignation.
“Can I pass on our best wishes and thanks for what he’s done.” Mr McGowan said.
He said cricket was a lot like politics.
“Cricket is a lot like politics. Sometimes you are successful, sometimes you’re not and sometimes it doesn’t depend on how much work you do.
“There are just factors outside your control.”