Former captain Ricky Ponting has lent his support to ex-team mate Justin Langer as the embattled coach attempts to weather a challenging period at the helm of Australian cricket.
Langer has come under scrutiny amid media reports that players are tired of his intense coaching style after disappointing results on recent limited-overs tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.
“I know there’s been a lot of negativity the last few weeks, I really felt for Justin, I rang Justin a few times,” Ponting, who captained Australia from 2004 to 2008, told 2GB radio.
“They just got back from that tough tour of the West Indies and then Bangladesh, and he was locked up in his hotel room in Adelaide, and he was sort of copping it left, right and centre.
“Me and a lot of his close friends have reached out…