Justin Langer has disclosed the piece of advice he received during a conversation with legendary Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
Langer and Steve Waugh had lunch with Ferguson before the fourth Ashes Test in Manchester and the Australian coach enjoyed picking the brain of one of sport’s greatest coaches.
“I was so lucky to have lunch with Sir Alex Ferguson when I was away,” Langer told SEN’s Whateley.
“One of the things that stuck with me from that conversation was whenever you lose, always look at yourself first.
“Because what tends to happen when people lose or things go wrong is everyone starts pointing their finger at everyone else.
“I learned a lot about myself as a coach. That said, I’ve learned that many lessons over the last 18 months. It’s been at times relentless, at times tiring, but it’s also incredibly inspiring.
“That was another good chance for me to learn lessons, like it was for the rest of the team.”
Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles, 2 Champions leagues and a swag of domestic cups during his trophy-laden 26-year stint as United boss.
Langer helped Australia retain the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001.
Listen to Justin Langer’s chat on SEN’s Whateley in the player below