Former Australian pacer Mark Waugh has dismissed suggestions of a spat between current and former players as “rubbish”.
Reports have emerged in recent weeks of a split between the playing squad and a number of greats from Australia’s golden age, who were upset by the involvement of current players in the departure of Justin Langer as coach.
Waugh, Langer’s former teammate, says the reports couldn’t be further from the truth.
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“I think it’s rubbish,” he said RSN Breakfast.
“That’s wrong, I assume it’s mostly commentators working in the media, myself included. We have a lot of respect for the current crop of players. We’re just doing our job as commentators.”
The 128-Test veteran admitted he didn’t enjoy the best relationship with the media during his own playing days.
“Sometimes players get a bit sensitive and it was probably the same when I played. There were certain aspects of the media that I thought were wrong,” he explained.
“I don’t think there’s too much going on. There are some in certain media trying to make a story out of it, but I don’t think there’s much there.”
The situation surrounding Langer’s coaching tenure has exploded back into the public eye this week, with Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley exchanging words.
Langer referred to those who were leaking against him as “cowards”, while Hockley said the former coach’s claims were full of errors.
The row threatens to overshadow the first Test of the summer, with Australia taking on the West Indies in Perth from Wednesday.
As Langer is considered the favorite son of the West Coast, there have been reports that the home side will boycott the game, but less than 1000 tickets have been sold for the test.
“I think for everyone’s sake we just keep going, it’s done and dusted now,” Waugh said.
JL did a great job as a coach for Australia, he won many tournaments with Australia.
“There were a few players who weren’t happy with his coaching style, but most were.”
“We’ll move on, we don’t need to talk about it any more as far as I’m concerned.”
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