Some of the recent reports of Fox Sports suggest that the Australian coach, Justin Langer was angry at one of his players for donning a Casio watch on the field. Last month, Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley made a public show of support for Langer before reports emerged he contacted senior players directly in order to settle down the rift in the dressing room. Back in January, Langer infamously banned star batter Marnus Labuschagne from snacking on a toastie during the Gabba Test against India.
Speaking on the Cricket, Et Cetera podcast, The Australian’s Peter Lalor revealed the moment Justin Langer was visually unhappy with the bowler Nathan Ellis, who was wearing his watch during a T20 match in Saint Lucia back in July. Early in the fifth T20 match against the West Indies, Ellis claimed a regulation catch at cover to help dismiss opening batter, Evin Lewis, for 79.
The Hobart Hurricanes speedster was in a joyous mood after claiming his first catch in international cricket, albeit as a substitute fielder. But after returning to the sheds, Ellis was unprepared for Langer’s reaction.
Elaborating the same, Lalor said, “He went on as a sub and took quite a reasonable catch, and then went off and was feeling pretty chuffed with himself. He saw JL approaching the dugout and thought, ‘Oh here we go, an elephant stamp from the coach.’ No. Justin was not happy, not happy at all. Apparently he made the mistake of wearing his Casio watch on the field, and JL doesn’t believe in jewelry on the field, not even a Casio watch, and gave him a bake for it.”
Ellis made his debut for Australia a few weeks later against Bangladesh, taking a hat-trick in the third T20 at Dhaka. He joined an illustrious list of Australians to achieve the rare feat in T20Is – Brett Lee, Ashton Agar, and Megan Schutt.
The 27-year-old has since been named a traveling reserve in Australia’s squad for next month’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. He is currently plying his trade for the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.