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Ian Chappell once again sticks the boot to Justin Langer on ‘legend’ status, not as good as Damian Martyn

Ian Chappell once again sticks the boot to Justin Langer on 'legend' status, not as good as Damian Martyn

Former Australian Test skipper Ian Chappell has slammed Justin Langer again, saying Damien Martyn is “twice as good”.

Change resigned as Australia manager last month, when it was written on the wall that he was not going to get a long-term contract extension, despite being named to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the end of January.

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After taking the reins of the Australian team as manager following the ball tampering scandal, Langer helped rekindle the team’s culture.

Under his tenure, Australia retained the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001, won the first domestic T20 World Cup title and beat England 4-0 at home.

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But Langer, known for his intensity, seemed to lose the locker room like Australian players refused to ask for him to be re-signed.

At the time, Australian greats, especially those who played alongside Langer, criticized current stars for not standing up for Langer, including Mitchell Johnson, who labeled current test skipper Pat Cummins ‘gutless’ and said the Baggy Green “now represents selfishness”.

But Chappell told WWOS outside the rope that he had a problem with former players calling Langer a “legend”.

“Why did they say Langer was a legend? He wasn’t,” Chappell said.

“Langer was smart enough to retire the same day Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne retired, now they were really good cricketers. Justin Langer was not in their category as far as I was concerned.

“Damien Martyn, in my opinion, was twice as good as Justin Langer.”

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A naturally gifted prodigy, Martyn played in 67 Test matches, scoring 4406 carries at 46.37 including 13 centuries, while the gritty Langer tallied 7696 carries at an average of 45.27 including 23 centuries in 105 Tests. He also formed a legendary opening partnership alongside Matthew Hayden, the fourth highest overall partnership in Test cricket history.

For the record, Chappell scored 5345 runs at 42.42 in 75 Test matches, including 14 centuries.

beyond the rope host Malcolm Conn, who was the Australian team’s former communications manager, said Langer’s coaching style often knocked people the wrong way.

“If you take the emotion away…there had been a problem for some time,” Chappell added.

“I experienced that firsthand in 2019 (when) I worked for Cricket Australia and held the position of media officer for the World Cup and the Ashes.

“I learned very quickly to stay away from Justin Langer because you weren’t sure you’d get a response or an outburst.

“So I can totally understand where the players are coming from and I thought it showed a lack of leadership from the board and the administration to let things escalate to the point where the players had to carry a decision that the board really should have made.”

This isn’t the first time Chappell has spoken out calling Langer a “legend.”

After Langer’s resignation, Chappell wondered if Australia even need a coach in 2022 while continuing to criticize Cricket Australia for the way the governing body acted.

Justin Langer has had a rough old month. Photo by Steve Bell/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Speaking on 3AW at the time, Chappell said: “If you think everything has been turned upside down, the way Australia plays cricket, by the coach, then you are mistaken.”

He even questioned those who defended Langer as a “legend”, saying his former teammates were looking through rose-colored glasses.

“Obviously if you’ve played with a player in your time you can relate to those guys and I think that’s where a lot of that misinformation comes from,” Chappell said.

“Players rate Langer much higher than I rated him as a rookie player, but a lot of those comments are from guys who played with him, liked him as a person, but they don’t have to. play under his supervision.