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Justin Langer speaks out again, criticising officials and players over his departure as Australian cricket coach in February

The ghost of Justin Langer’s coaching career is set to loom over the Test summer, with the former mentor’s criticism of Cricket Australia and senior players a likely sign of things to come.

Langer attracted front-page and back-page headlines on Wednesday when he lashed out at officials over his February axing, while accusing players of not being up front with him early enough.

The former coach also claimed the majority of players supported him, while labelling sources who leaked concerns over his intense nature to the media as “cowards” with agendas.

The comments come just a week out from Australia’s first Test against West Indies, where Langer will step into the commentary box for the first time with Seven.

They have also coincided with concerns of a rift between current and former players over Langer’s exit, and whether players should have stood by the coach.

Speaking to the Back Chat podcast, Langer praised former Test captain Tim Paine’s feedback but claimed the likes of Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch should have been up front earlier, before last August’s crisis meetings.

“I spoke to Pat Cummins. He said to me about five times, ‘This might be brutally honest’,” Langer recalled.

“I said, ‘Pat, there is nothing brutal about your feedback. What is brutal is I’m hearing it behind my back through the media or through sources’.

“No one’s telling me. Tell me.

“People say that I’m very intense, but they’re mistaking intensity with honesty.”

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