Cricket Australia (CA) has announced that the former international cricketer Justin Langer will be the new head coach of the Australian cricket team. He has been appointed for a four-year term and will coach the senior men’s team in all 3 formats of the game.
Justin Langer will take charge from May 22 and will replace Darren Lehmann on the duties. Lehmann had resigned from the post following the ball-tampering saga that saw the Australian skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft being suspended from the game. While Smith and Warner were banned for a year, Bancroft was handed a 6-month ban.
Australian cricket was brought to shame after the infamous incident on their previous tour to South Africa where the players had admitted to cheating. They will be hoping to start afresh under Langer and mark the beginning of a new era.
Justin Langer, an experienced coach
The former opening batsman is not new to the coaching business. He has coached Western Australia and the Big Bash franchise Perth Scorchers since 2012. Under him, the Scorchers had claimed the league thrice. In addition to that, he has served as the assistant coach for Australia’s senior team on multiple occasions.
Announcing the appointment of Langer, the CEO of CA, James Sutherland said as quoted by Cricbuzz, “We are thrilled to appoint Justin as Head Coach of the Australian Men’s Cricket Team. Whilst Darren Lehmann was not due to complete his term until next year, we have had a succession plan in place for this role for some time.”
“We firmly believe Justin is the right person to lead this team and have huge confidence in what he will bring to the role. Justin’s work ethic, leadership and values are among his strongest attributes – and he is widely respected across the global cricket community,” added Mr. Sutherland.
Justin Langer also expressed his happiness after being selected for the prestigious job. He said, “It is humbling to be appointed as coach of the Australian Men’s Cricket Team.”
“I would like to thank the Western Australian Cricket Association and the Perth Scorchers for their support over the past six seasons, and for giving me the opportunity to lead and work with two great teams and many exceptional people.”
“I am very excited about the scope I now have to coach the country that supported me so much in my cricketing career. There will be some significant challenges ahead for our group, but there is a wealth of talent in Australian cricket that I know will do us all proud.”
“I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with all players, as we strive for a successful men’s team across all formats, with the support and respect of the Australian public,” he concluded.