Test skipper Tim Paine has backed Justin Langer to continue after some “tough and robust conversations” with Cricket Australia and is now calling on his teammates to rally around the under-pressure coach.
Player unease and public debate about Langer prompted a meeting between Paine, limited-overs captain Aaron Finch, vice-captain Pat Cummins plus CA heavyweights Earl Eddings and Nick Hockley.
Paine, speaking two days after CA chief executive Hockley indicated Langer would be in charge for the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes, argued it was “important” Australian cricket’s most influential figures discussed the matter.
“Then got around him [Langer], supported him and looked to move forward,” Paine told SEN. “We’re really looking forward to the next six months with JL. No doubt the week has been difficult for him.
“We’ve been able to galvanise around him and have some…