Justin Langer has discovered a staunch supporter from an unlikely supply in Usman Khawaja, who believes the person that performed a key function in his Australia axing ought to see out his contract.
The Australian coach is feeling the warmth forward of the T20 World Cup and Ashes amid dressing room leaks about his depth and temper swings which have some gamers on edge.
Years earlier, Khawaja voiced the identical opinion on to Langer in a moment that was captured on Amazon documentary The Test.
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Within the now notorious scene, Khawaja tells Langer that gamers really feel “intimidated” by him and like they’re “strolling on egg shells”.
Months later, Khawaja was dropped halfway via the 2019 Ashes and hasn’t performed for Australia in any format once more.
However in a video posted on Sunday to his YouTube channel, Khawaja vigorously supported Langer and strongly denied rumours the pair have an ongoing feud.
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Within the five-minute monologue, Khawaja praised Langer for his ardour and put the warmth again onto the gamers who he says are underperforming and talking behind the coach’s again.
“How do you assume JL feels?” Khawaja stated. “He most likely looks like the blokes within the staff are stabbing him within the again, and that’s what it appears to be like like.
“That’s why it’s so disappointing. It’s really a extremely dangerous look. That is one thing the group must type out ASAP.”
He added: “Let’s put it into perspective right here. It’s not all the time 100 per cent the coach’s fault. The fellows aren’t performing, the gamers should take onus too at some stage.
“The fellows should carry out higher and at finish of day it’s not only one individual, so I believe there must be some kind of perspective put round this too.”
In a separate chat with Fox Sports News, Khawaja stated he “feels for” Langer and that it has been “disappointing” to see gamers leak data as an alternative of confronting the coach.
“On the finish of the day I’ve all the time been large on if you happen to’ve acquired a difficulty, you go up and discuss to the individual,” Khawaja informed Fox Sports activities Information. “JL, he’s acquired one of many kindest hearts on the planet. He doesn’t do something aside from the most effective causes.”
Khawaja stated in his YouTube video that there’s a difficulty within the dressing room, however is assured Langer will deal with it and work on himself to create a happier surroundings.
He stated that Langer’s best weak point is how emotional he turns into — however insisted the emotion is born out of the 50-year-old’s ardour.
Khawaja stated he believes Langer must be given the possibility to steer Australia on the T20 World Cup and Ashes earlier than a choice is made on his future when his contract runs out in mid-2022.
He famous that the strain on Langer has ramped up within the face of collection defeats to the West Indies and Bangladesh, which he believes is “harsh” given Australia was removed from full energy.
‘STOP IT RIGHT THERE’
Talking about his personal relationship with Langer, Khawaja maintains that he shouldn’t have been dropped through the Ashes, and believes he’s nonetheless inside the most effective six batsmen in Australia.
Nonetheless, the pair keep a wholesome relationship and share a mutual respect.
“I get requested this query on a regular basis, folks have seen the Amazon Check collection, ‘Uzzie is out of the staff due to Justin Langer’. Let me cease it proper there … my relationship with Justin Langer is de facto good,” Khawaja stated.
“To be trustworthy, I nonetheless discuss to him, I nonetheless textual content him right here and there to at the present time and that’s as a result of now we have quite a lot of respect for one another.
“Folks assume I acquired dropped as a result of I spoke as much as him, stood as much as him and all these different issues. It’s really fairly the alternative. I really really feel like I acquired nearer with him and he really gained my respect and I gained his respect as a result of we had some very open and trustworthy conversations collectively.
“So let’s simply cease it proper there. Look, I acquired dropped through the Ashes. There have been two individuals who dropped me; Trevor Hohns and Justin Langer. So it wasn’t simply JL.”