Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has come out in support of head coach Justin Langer after the latter received heavy criticism during the end-of-season review with leadership consultant Tim Ford. There were some reports of dressing-room unrest after Australia lost to India at home. Finch said Langer addressed some of the issues during the session and praised him for being honest about it.
"Over the couple of days on the Gold Coast we had a great camp…the ability for JL to address a few issues that came up in the review with Tim Ford, that was brilliant from him to tackle them head on, suppose put his side of the story, that shows the quality of the man he is and things he's working on," Finch said from St Lucia.
"We are all behind him 100%, the way he's coached Australia in the last couple of years has been fantastic, think we've had some really good success. No doubt it was quite confronting for him at the time but he took it head on and it was great. Very positive from our point of view."
Australian players are currently in West Indies where they will play five T20Is and three ODIs. Australia, on Thursday, appointed Michael Di Venuto and Jeff Vaughan as assistant coaches for the men's national team, a year after cutting down on support staff to tackle the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both of them have the experience of being batting coaches and are being seen as replacements for Graeme Hick.
"Think there was a combination of a few things. On the back of a lot of bubbles as well think he could have used his assistants a little better and delegated in that regard but there was nothing groundbreaking. It was stuff every player and every coach would reflect on themselves. The way he confronted that and the way it was received by the players was outstanding," Finch said on changes to approach.
There are many players who didn't travel to West Indies due to bubble fatigue and Finch admitted that it isn't an ideal situation leading into the T20 World Cup. "We are going to have to manage players a little differently over the coming 12-24 months, however long the way cricket is.
"So while it's not the perfect preparation we are not alone in that and it will give an opportunity to continue to develop our depth and find some more solutions. We understand that is going to be the way of touring the world over the next couple of years, it's just about guys trying to manage themselves and giving themselves plenty of opportunity to play for Australia."