Justin Langer named Australia's head coach

03 May, 2018, 18:38 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Justin Langer speaks to the media after being appointed coach of the Australian cricket team

Langer was involved in the Australian team as an assistant coach for three years from November 2009 and has twice been head coach on an interim basis - in an ODI tri-series in the Caribbean in 2016, and a home T20 series against Sri Lanka in 2017. As an worldwide cricketer, Justin was a proud and courageous competitor who gave his all for his country.

Recalling the "Mount Everest" moment of his playing career, Langer picked the 2004 tour of India when Australia thumped Sourav Ganguly's team 2-1. Questions have also been raised about the culture inside the dressing room.

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.

A Test series win in India is not something that many Australian cricket teams have achieved over the years.

"I'd like to especially thank my family for being with me on this journey and for supporting me in accepting this position".

I love the way he plays his cricket.

"What I know is we should be very proud of our history of Australian cricketers", he said.

Melbourne, May 3 Newly-appointed Australia coach Justin Langer today said his team can be considered great only if it wins a Test series in India, something that he likened to conquering Mount Everest, last done back in 2004.

"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", said Cricket Australia's head James Sutherland.

"They are cricket tragics and they're great kids".

Jason Gillespie, former Australian quick, tweeted, "A fantastic appointment!" Should he feel having a different coach for the shortest format of the game, Ponting is ready to go option for Cricket Australia.

Cricket Australia on Thursday appointed former Australian cricketer Justin Langer as the new Head Coach of the Australian Men's Cricket Team. "There are some big tournaments coming up", Langer told mediapersons today. But ultimately, if I fast forward it, the Indian Test tour in about three or four years time, to me that's the ultimate.

"We've all got areas we can get better at - if we can keep helping them and mentoring them. and if they meet the standards of the Australian cricket team then of course, they'll be welcomed back". "There is a difference between competitiveness and aggression and we've got to be careful with that", Langer said. Young opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was also suspended for nine months for his part in the scandal.

"It's hard to replace their runs and their experience", he said about Warner and Smith.

"This next 11 months this gives a few people a chance to make us even stronger".


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