My wife got really upset, it hurts: Australia coach Justin Langer on media leaks over coaching style

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Australia head coach Justin Langer on Saturday revealed the emotional toll of the spotlight on his coaching style after Australian media reported last month that players had issues with his approach. Australian newspapers reported quite a few players were not happy with Langer's management skills quoting sources close to the senior national team.

The report had stated that the mood in the dressing room during the draining summer was brought down by Langer's 'mood swings' and 'too much micro-management'. It added that Langer had bombarded bowlers with too many stats and directions as to where to bowl, especially during the Gabba Test against India in January.

The leaks were reported by the media two weeks after Australia's fortress at the Gabba was breached by an under-strength Indian team. Australia lost a Test match at the Gabba for the first time since 1988 as they went on to lose a 4-Test series 1-2 despite having taken a 1-0 lead.

"That's the killer. I've talked for years about honest conversations and the worst part about it all for me was it came out two weeks after the Test match," Langer was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

"If there was such an issue, the players or the assistant coaches would have come and spoken to me.
"I honestly believe that whilst there's areas we can always improve, the only thing that's really changed about me since I've been in this job, since I've been in the Western Australia (coaching job), is we lost a Test match."

'It hurts'

Langer revealed his family, especially his wife, was really hurt by the leaks and had even asked him why he was coaching the senior national team. Australia began as favourites to beat India at home in the Test series and after Virat Kohli's departure following India's infamous implosion in Adelaide, Australia were expected to seal the series.

However, Ajinkya Rahane led India to a memorable series win as India never refused to go away in the remainder of the series.

"I might sound like a sook here, but the biggest thing that will wear me down isn't the travel, isn't the game, isn't the three formats, it is just the incredible spotlight you are always under," Langer continued.

"We've felt that the last few weeks.

"A lot of it was pretty rough and that wears down my family as much as anything. I'm meant to be the tough guy, but it hurts."

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