Sneaky Langer move backfires spectacularly

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A documentary astir the Australian cricket squad is 1 of the causes of friction betwixt nationalist manager Justin Langer and his players, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The reports says Langer negotiated his ain woody with Amazon Prime for The Test, with the erstwhile opening batsman reportedly receiving astir $40,000 for the eight-part series.

The coach, who preaches unity, past near his players to negociate their ain deals. That blew up successful his face, erstwhile the players received $81,000 each from Amazon Prime, careless of however agelong they spent connected screen.

Australian skipper Tim Paine (left) and manager Justin Langer. (AAP)

That meant fringe players, specified arsenic Jack Wildermuth, who was hardly seen successful the documentary, received treble the magnitude Langer had negotiated for himself.

"You are perfectly close successful what you heard, and if I look backmost astatine that infinitesimal successful clip and with hindsight I should person reacted differently," Langer told the SMH.

The documentary showed a heated confrontation betwixt Langer and batsman Usman Khawaja, successful the pb up to a Test against Pakistan successful 2018.

It was the archetypal nationalist motion of hostility betwixt the manager and his players, a storyline that has dominated 2021.

Justin Langer (Getty)

Earlier this twelvemonth reports emerged that players were bushed of Langer's temper swings and intensity.

Of astir interest to Cricket Australia volition beryllium the changeless leaks against Langer from the playing group, a motion that he's mislaid the dressing room.

The latest revelations travel arsenic Cricket Australia has been forced to telephone an exigency gathering with elder players arsenic the play drags on.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports Test skipper Tim Paine, achromatic shot skipper Aaron Finch, and their apt successor Pat Cummins met with CA officials earlier this week.

The meeting, with main enforcement Nick Hockley and president Earl Eddings, was designed to promote the players to erstwhile again get their grievances retired successful the open.

White shot skipper Aaron Finch with Justin Langer (Getty)

It came hours aft Hockley had released a statement supporting Langer, which notably failed to code his future beyond his existent contract, that expires adjacent year.

It besides drew ridicule for claiming the broadside had enjoyed "great success" implicit the past 18 months successful each 3 formats of the game.

Australia has lone played 1 Test bid successful that time, a 2-1 nonaccomplishment to an under-strength India past summer.

Earlier this week, erstwhile skipper Ian Chappell told Wide World of Sports that Langer faces a "very hard" task to regain the support of the Australian players.

"The occupation you've got is erstwhile you've alienated players successful that environment, there's not a batch you tin bash to regain their enactment and respect," helium said.

"It's going to beryllium precise hard for Langer to retrieve the concern from here."

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