Former Australia coach Justin Langer, with integrity and dignity, moves on to the next chapter
Justin Langer resigned as Australia's coach on Saturday
After Langer's resignation, Andrew McDonald was appointed as the interim coach
The former coach said that he is happy with his decision to not continue in the position
Justin Langer, in his resignation letter to Cricket Australia, stated that he is happy with his decision to not continue as the national team's coach. He further added that the speculation around his coaching tenure took a toll on his family and he would like to 'go out on a high'
After Langer's resignation, Andrew McDonald was appointed as the interim coach.
In Langer's resignation letter, published by 'The Australian', the former coach said that he is proud with what he achieved in the position.
"Having been away from home since the first week of October, yesterday was a tumultuous day, and with quarantine restrictions now that I am back I am unable to do anything publicly at the moment, but I want people to know I am happy with my decision and proud of what I have achieved," Langer's letter read.
Cricket Australia had accepted Langer's resignation saying he was offered a short-term extension to his current contract, 'which sadly he has opted not to accept'.
Langer said that he had taken a call after careful consideration and him stepping away was in best interest for Australian cricket.
"Last night I was offered a short-term contract until the end of the T20 World Cup in Australia, with the sentiment of 'going out on a high'. After careful consideration, I have decided not to accept this contract renewal, and as a result, I believe it is in everyone's best interests for the Australian cricket team to begin the next chapter immediately. If media reports are correct, several senior players and a couple of support staff don't support me moving forward, and it is now apparent the CA board, and you Nick, are also keen to see the team move in another direction. I respect that decision," he added.
Here is rest of the resignation letter:
"There has been a great deal of media speculation on my future as the Australian men's cricket coach over the last 12 months and this has taken an enormous toll on my family. I hope through this time, and throughout my tenure, I have held myself with integrity and dignity. My life has been built on values of honesty, respect, trust, truth, and performance and if that comes across as 'too intense' at times, I apologize. It is said that in any venture, if you leave things in a better place than when you started then you have done your job."
"In terms of 'going out on a high', I am blessed to have been a part of a T20 World Cup-winning squad, an Ashes-winning squad, watched the Test team rise to #1 ranked team in the world today, been selected as the Wisden Coach of the Year and been elevated to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame; all this in the last five months. I am grateful that today, I am going out on a high," said Langer.