Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Langer appointed as Australia's new head coach

Langer appointed as Australia's new head coach

Langer's new position comes in the wake of the Australian cricket team's cheating scandal in South Africa during March, when Cameron Bancroft was identified on camera scratching the surface of the ball with a foreign object.

Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland, said: "We are thrilled to appoint Justin as Bupa Support Team Head Coach of the Australian Men's Cricket Team", Mr Sutherland said.

Langer, who has previously worked as an assistant to the team, will take over all three formats of the game and has been signed on a four-year deal which will see Australia through to the World Cup and next home Ashes series. There are also a couple of Ashes series coupled with World T20 in 2020 and 50-over World Cup in 2019 as the new coach will have to start building the side across formats from now on.

More than a decade after he walked away from Test cricket and a year before he was expected to step into the role of national coach, Justin Langer will formally replace Darren Lehmann at the helm of a bruised Australia men's team.

"They've made mistakes. We have all made mistakes and we can all get better", said Langer, who scored 7696 Test runs, at an average of 45.27 - including 23 centuries.

Recently, the 47-year-old has been plying his trade in first class cricket as coach of the Western Australian State side.

"We will judge ourselves on whether we're a great cricket team if we beat India in India".

Despite widespread criticism of player behaviour, Langer, who will sit on the panel of Rick McCosker's player-led review of team culture, did not believe an overhaul of Australia's aggressive playing style was necessary but accepted modifications were required.

Langer played in a golden era for Australian cricket, with greats such as Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting in the all-conquering team.

CA chairman David Peever recently made the following statement: "We understand and share the disappointment of fans and the broader Australian community about these events. So we if we can encourage great people and great Australians over the next four years, I think that's a really important foundation for us".

"Great appt, congrats to Alfie @CricketAus will do a great job".

The ex-players hated the WACA (Western Australia Cricket Association), the WACA hated them back, club cricket hated them, WACA hated them back, media hated the WACA, the WACA hated them back - everyone was angry.

"I look back on my career, the Mount Everest moment was 2004 when we finally beat India in India". He is reputed as a tenacious batsman and fierce competitor in 105 Tests and 8 one-day internationals.

"We've always played hard, some of the best banter is amongst each other to try to get the opposition thinking of other things", he said.

"If you've got that camaraderie, it's like the glue that keeps everything together, particularly when you're under the pressure", he said.

As a player, Justin Langer was renowned for his utter commitment to the Australian cause - as a coach, he will bring similar zeal to the task of restoring pride in the scandal-tainted baggy green cap.

Like this: