Langer in heated exchange with CA staffer

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Cracks have continued to emerge out of Australia's camp in Bangladesh with men's coach Justin Langer and team manager Gavin Dovey reportedly involved in a heated exchange with a Cricket Australia staffer.

According to a report from The Age's Daniel Cherny, Langer and Dovey took umbrage over a video posted to CA's website of the Bangladesh team song after they secured an unassailable 3-0 lead in the T20 series last week.

The win was Bangladesh's first bilateral series victory over Australia in any of the three formats of the game.

"The confrontations, which occurred in the team hotel following the series-clinching third game, were separate but took place in quick succession," Cherny wrote.

Justin Langer was not impressed by a video of Bangladesh's team song being posted on the CA website. (Getty)

"Sources close to the team said the incidents were witnessed by at least a dozen people and left some players taken aback and with a sense of unease about what had transpired."

It is understood that Dovey initially questioned the CA staffer over why the video had been posted, before the conversation escalated when the staffer refused to back down.

The escalation resulted in Langer getting involved and taking aim at the staffer, per The Age.

The latest incident involving Langer comes after numerous reports stating that Australia's players had become disillusioned with his intense coaching style.

Australian Test captain Tim Paine defended Langer in June over claims that he had lost the dressing room (Getty)

In the wake of Australia's series loss to India last summer, unnamed sources went public with their frustrations, with suggestions Langer's style was wearing thin with the players.

Langer's disciplinarian methods and supposed mood swings were two of the criticisms levelled at the coach, with suggestions some players were more comfortable approaching assistant coach Andrew McDonald.

Despite the reports, Australian Test captain Tim Paine dismissed suggestions Langer was offside with the players.

"We are all 100 per cent behind JL and the job he is doing," Paine said in June. "We had a team review at the end of the Indian series, which is a pretty common factor in professional sports. From Justin to our last player, everyone will get feedback they can improve on.

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