Cricket Australia has named Justin Langer as the new coach of Australian Cricket Team and will replace Darren Lehmann. Former Australian Opener will coach Australia for all the three formats of the game and will begin his job from 22nd May in a four-year contract with Cricket Australia.
Darren Lehmann reign as Head Coach in 2013 during Ashes series in England. The ball-tampering saga during the third game against South Africa turned out to be the sole reason for Lehmann’s resignation.
Captain Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for 12 months for their alleged involvement in the ball-tampering saga. Cameron Bancroft has been handed out a nine-month ban.
Justin Langer will have plenty of work to do as Australia will play two Ashes series, World Cup 2019 and World T20 during his term. He said that he was honored to be appointed as Head Coach of Australian Cricket Team. He stated that he is privileged to coach his country and will make concerted efforts to make Australia get back to winning ways.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland stated that Justin Langer was a popular choice given his outstanding record as coach of Western Australia. He stated that Langer was the ideal individual to lead Australia at the moment and will bring a lot of value to the side due to his experience.
Justin Langer was a world-class player for Australia as an opener and scored over 7,500 runs in 105 games. He has 23 centuries to his name and was a part of the Australian side that ruled world cricket in the 2000s.
Before taking up this role, Langer was the head coach of Western Australia since 2012. He also tasted a lot of success in the T20 format given Perth Scorchers triumphs in the history of Big Bash League. He has served in an interim capacity for Australia during the tri-nation series in the Caribbean in 2016 and during home T20 series against Sri Lanka in 2017.