This is going to cause chaos: Michael Clarke on Justin Langer-Australian team controversy

Michael Clarke has spoken up on the Australian cricket team controversy and the media report which claimed that the national team players are not happy with current coach Justin Langer.

A report in the Sydney Morning Herald last week quoted multiple sources close to the Australian team and added that some players are apparently not happy with the coach’s management style because of his intensity and mood swings.

The article came out just a few days after Australia went down against India in the Brisbane Test to concede the series and Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the second time in succession on their home soil.

Clarke has now reacted on the whole issue surrounding Langer and the Australian team, saying that players going behind the coach’s back and leaking news to the media is going to create chaos in the dressing room.

“This behind closed doors and going to a journalist, source said is very weak. I hope that it hasn’t been the case, I hope it’s just a story creating a headline and a player hasn’t gone behind Lang’s back.

“I think it’s weak you don’t put the players name to it. I hope JL does find out who the player is and confronts him,” Clarke said on NSW’s Big Sports Breakfast, according to Fox Cricket.

“If players feel this way, this is not the right way to go about it, this is going to cause chaos.

“Go and speak to JL and speak to the senior players. A lot of the time it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

“I still think you can find a way to have that conversation without getting a black mark and saying you’re not getting picked again,” he added.

“Langer is tough as well, his character is hard. He will want these guys to know that if you are going to be successful at the highest level, every part of what we do is we challenge ourselves and we look to get better,” Clarke said.

Langer took over the coaching job in 2018 after Darren Lehmann stepped down from the post following Australia’s ill-fated tour of South Africa where 3 players – Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft – were found guilty of tampering with the ball using sandpaper in the Cape Town Test.

The sandpapergate scandal resulted in Smith and Warner receiving bans of 1 year each from international cricket while Bancroft was banished for 9 months. Smith was also stripped off his captaincy for a year while Warner’s position as his deputy was taken away from him forever.

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