Australia name Justin Langer as new coach following ball-tampering scandal

Tyler Owen
May 3, 2018

Justin Langer has been confirmed as the head coach of the Australian cricket team, taking over from Darren Lehmann who resigned after the ball-tampering scandal.

Langer's tenure includes next year's World Cup, two Ashes series and a World T20 on home soil but he has identified victory on Australia's next Test tour of India as the number one long-term goal.

Now, Cricket Australia has appointed former Test opener Justin Langer as the new coach in all three forms of the game.

Langer was announced as the replacement for former coach Darren Lehmann by Cricket Australia on Thursday, May 5.

"Justin was the clear standout, particularly based on his recent coaching and player development achievements", quoted James Sutherland, Cricket Australia chief executive as saying.

"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.

He has had success coaching Western Australia state since 2012, guiding Perth Scorchers to three domestic Twenty20 titles in the "Big Bash", making them the most successful franchise in the tournament's short history.

The whirlwind of controversy that followed saw Bancroft suspended for nine months, while captain Steve Smith and vice captain David Warner received 12 month bans after they admitted to prior knowledge of the incident.

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Justin Langer will take over on May 22 and his first assignment will be a limited-overs series in England in June. "I would say, without being in it (at South Africa), camaraderie wasn't as right as it needed to be". As a coach he has enjoyed success - not only in overseeing strong teams, but also in developing cricketers who are ready to play global cricket for Australia.

The bans have decimated Australia's top order, but with young opener Matthew Renshaw firing in county cricket in England, one spot looks to have been filled already.

Langer, who played 105 Tests and eight One-Day Internationals in a decorated career spanning nearly 20 years, has had prior experience at a coaching level with the men's national side.

Quizzed about sledging on Thursday, Langer highlighted a 2003 on-field altercation between Glenn McGrath and West Indian batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan as one of only two instances during his career where he felt players had gone too far.

"Through his own playing career, he's got a good insight into what it takes - he wasn't the most naturally gifted player but he got everything out of his talent".

He has acted as Australia's head coach on an interim basis, in a limited-overs series in the Caribbean in 2016, and at home against Sri Lanka previous year.

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

Cricket Australia's appointment has given him the chance to restore its status and it is a challenge Langer will no doubt grasp with both hands.

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