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Australia’s head coach Justin Langer comments on board cuts

Australia’s head coach Justin Langer has backd the board’s call to lay off staff despite losing batting coach Graeme Hick from his coaching team.

Cricket Australia confirmed 40 redundancies across the organisation on Wednesday as part of a revival to cut costs and boost finances which had taken a hit due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Langer said it wasn’t easy letting former England batter Hick know about the latest call. Hick had been with the Australian national team since 2016.

“Having to tell Graeme Hick yesterday morning was like facing (Curtly) Ambrose and (Courtney) Walsh without a helmet and a box on,” Langer told reporters in Perth on Wednesday.

“He’s become a really good mate, his work ethic is second to none, his experience as a cricket person and his integrity, you couldn’t meet a nicer person. We’re going to have to lead a smaller staff but we’ll get the job done and we’ll be ready when cricket resumes. (The players) have been supported brilliantly for a long time and there’s no reason they won’t be able to be supported equally as well.” he added.

The redundancies were announced a day after CA confirmed that Kevin Roberts had stepped down as chief executive following months of criticism over his leadership amid the lockdown.

Roberts left the board after failing to secure agreement from member states to have their grants cut and after riling the players’ union with a gloomy forecast for revenue that underpins player salaries.

Langer in his latest interview urged the board and the players union to settle their differences behind “closed doors”.

“If we’re all going in the same direction it’s really powerful, if we’re not it’s disastrous and it’s a big lesson I’ve learned about leadership a long time. Let’s just hope we bring it all together.” he said.

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