Former Australian batter Mark Waugh has dismissed suggestions of a rift between current and former players as “rubbish.”
Reports have emerged in recent weeks of a divide between the playing group and a host of greats from Australia’s golden era, who were upset over the involvement of the current players in the demise of Justin Langer as coach.
Waugh, a former teammate of Langer, says the reports couldn’t be further from the truth.
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“I think it’s rubbish,” he said on RSN Breakfast.
“That’s wrong, I assume it’s mainly the commentators who work in the media, which includes me. We have great respect for the current crop of players. We’re just doing our job as commentators.”
The 128-Test veteran conceded he didn’t enjoy the best relationship with the media during his own playing days.
“Sometimes players do get a little bit touchy and it was probably the same when I played. There was certain elements of the media that I thought were wrong,” he explained.
“I don’t think there’s too much going on. There’s a few people in certain media outlets trying to get a story out of it, but I don’t think there’s much there.”
The situation surrounding Langer’s tenure as coach has exploded back into the public domain this week, with Langer and 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 feud threatens to overshadow the first Test of the summer, with Australia playing the West Indies in Perth from Wednesday.
With Langer regarded as a favourite son in the west, reports have suggested the locals will boycott the match, with less than 1000 tickets having been sold for the Test.
“I think for everyone’s sake we just all move on, it’s done and dusted now,” Waugh said.
“JL did a great job as coach for Australia, he won a lot of tournaments with the Aussies.
“There were a few players that weren’t happy with his style of coaching, but the majority were.
“We move on, we don’t need to talk about it anymore as far as I’m concerned.”
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