Ian Healy says Pat Cummins and his team could be sledged by West Australians in Perth Test against Windies after local legend Justin Langer slammed the skipper over losing his job
- Pat Cummings and the Aussie test team may be sledged by furious Perth locals
- That is the belief of wicketkeeping great Ian Healy based on his own experiences
- Comes after ‘golden haired boy’ Justin Langer spoke out in a recent podcast
- A fired up Langer quit as head coach of the Australia men’s team in February
- Players reportedly wanted him gone, viewed him as ‘too intense’ for the role
- Australia take on West Indies in first test at Optus Stadium from November 30
Australian cricket legend Ian Healy believes Pat Cummings and his teammates could be brutally sledged in Perth as locals defend their ‘golden haired boy’ Justin Langer.
The first test against the West Indies starts on Wednesday at Optus Stadium, and given Langer believes he was forced out as head coach by a disgruntled playing group for being ‘too intense’, the tension is set to be obvious.
‘Justin is a golden-haired boy in Perth so I would expect something for sure,’ Healy said.
‘I think there will probably be a bit of angst there.’
Healy himself was subjected to boos from locals in Western Australia back in 1992 after replacing local gloveman Tim Zoehrer in the Australian XI.
Perth cricket fans love their own and decorated former batsman and coach Justin Langer is at the top of the tree
Wicketkeeping great Ian Healy said he won’t be surprised if Perth fans turn on Pat Cummings and his Aussie teammates
Cummins reportedly felt Langer’s coaching style was ‘too intense’ and pushed behind the scenes for Andrew McDonald to replace him
He was followed down the players’ race by an angry fan who then chucked a rolled-up ball of newspaper into his face.
Pandemonium followed, with the overzealous supporter arrested and ejected from the WACA.
‘The guy was a country cricketer and I think he was down for their country week,’ Healy told News Corp.
‘A few of us were copping it over there. I remember Mike Whitney was copping it as well.
‘I copped it because of the Tim Zoehrer thing but it was broader than that and quite widespread.’
In February, Langer announced his resignation as head coach of the Australia men’s team.
His contract was set to expire in June, but he turned down a six-month extension offered by Cricket Australia.
Healy himself was booed at the WACA in 1992 after replacing local Tim Zoehrer as Australia’s first choice wicketkeeper
Langer didn’t mince his words on the ‘coward’ Aussie cricket team on former AFL player Will Schofield’s Backchat Podcast
Cummins (pictured, with partner Becky Boston) reportedly told Langer the feedback from disgruntled players was going to be ‘brutally honest’
Langer recently called out Cummins and other ‘coward’ members of the Australian team on former AFL player Will Schofield’s Backchat Podcast.
He spoke of his controversial departure as Australia coach and how the relationship between him and the players fell apart in his eyes.
‘I spoke to Pat Cummins. He said to me about five times, “This might be brutally honest”,’ Langer said.
‘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 are mistaking intensity with honesty.’
Langer wasn’t finished, adding: ‘I’ve never said this publicly, the hardest thing for me was the feedback.
‘We won the T20 World Cup, we won the Ashes, we were the No.1 (team) in the world and I still got sacked.
‘That’s the hardest thing.’