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Justin Langer gets Cricket Australia’s ‘full support’ with calls to address issues in-house

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Chief executive Nick Hockley said the planning for the Ashes would start very soon

Any issues between Australia’s coach Justin Langer and his players need to be sorted out in-house as Cricket Australia reviews the performance of the Test team in the gap between now and next summer’s Ashes series against England, according to the acting chief executive Nick Hockley.

Hockley acknowledged reports of discord following the end of the India series and, while not questioning their veracity, insisted that questions around the uncompromising team environment overseen by Langer had to be addressed between the individuals concerned.

Langer, who has described the suggestions of discontent as a “wake-up call” after a draining series defeat to an Indian side led expertly by Ajinkya Rahane, remains upset by the manner in which they emerged, in a significant departure from his belief in face-to-face honesty. However, there is acknowledgement that change and a clearing of the air will be required, albeit now without the forum of an overseas Test tour to South Africa in which to do so. CA’s board meets on Friday for the first time since the series concluded.

“We’re in a high-performance business, a high-performance organisation, we’re continually reviewing. Some of the commentary I’ve seen around JL in the media, it’s a matter for within the team and the squad,” Hockley said. “All I’ll really say is JL’s leadership, his passion, he wears his heart on his sleeve but he’s a great leader. What he’s done for team culture, what he provides to the organisation more broadly, not just on the field but off the field, I think he’s been very, very clear what he stands for. That’s to make the Australians proud of the team.”

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