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 second that was captured on Amazon documentary The Check.
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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 in all probability seems like the fellows within the staff are stabbing him within the again, and that’s what it seems like.
“That’s why it’s so disappointing. It’s truly a very 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 blokes aren’t performing, the gamers need to take onus too at some stage.
“The blokes need to carry out higher and at finish of day it’s not only one particular person, so I feel there must be some kind of perspective put round this too.”
In a separate chat with Fox Sports activities Information, Khawaja stated he “feels for” Langer and that it has been “disappointing” to see gamers leak data as a substitute of confronting the coach.
“On the finish of the day I’ve all the time been large on if you happen to’ve received a problem, you go up and discuss to the particular person,” Khawaja informed Fox Sports activities Information. “JL, he’s received one of many kindest hearts on this planet. He doesn’t do something aside from the perfect causes.”
Khawaja stated in his YouTube video that there’s a problem within the dressing room, however is assured Langer will handle it and work on himself to create a happier surroundings.
He stated that Langer’s best weak spot 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 prospect to guide 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 power.
‘STOP IT RIGHT THERE’
Talking about his personal relationship with Langer, Khawaja maintains that he shouldn’t have been dropped in the course of the Ashes, and believes he’s nonetheless inside the perfect six batsmen in Australia.
Nonetheless, the pair preserve a wholesome relationship and share a mutual respect.
“I get requested this query on a regular basis, individuals 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 admittedly 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 we’ve got numerous respect for one another.
“Folks assume I received dropped as a result of I spoke as much as him, stood as much as him and all these different issues. It’s truly fairly the alternative. I truly really feel like I received nearer with him and he truly 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 received dropped in the course of the Ashes. There have been two individuals who dropped me; Trevor Hohns and Justin Langer. So it wasn’t simply JL.”