Cricket Australia has today announced Justin Langer as the new Head Coach of the Australian Men’s Cricket Team.
The former Australian test opener will begin a four-year contract on May 22, with the role including two Ashes Series, a World Cup and World T20 tournament.
Its been revealed Langer will coach Australia in all three formats of the game, taking over from Darren Lehmann who stood down from the job following the ball-tampering scandal.
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The 47-year-old enjoyed a decorated playing career, representing Australia in 105 Test matches and eight ODI matches.
As a coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers, Langer has lead the teams to winning two one-day cup titles and three Big Bash League championships – the most of any coach.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said Justin Langer was a clear standout for the role.
“We firmly believe Justin is the right person to lead this team and have huge confidence in what he will bring to the role,” Mr Sutherland said.
“As an international cricketer, Justin was a proud and courageous competitor who gave his all for his country. As a coach he has enjoyed success – not only in overseeing strong teams, but also in developing cricketers who are ready to play international cricket for Australia.
“To illustrate this, I note that Western Australia has more nationally-contracted male players than any other state for 2018-19.
“Justin’s work ethic, leadership and values are among his strongest attributes – and he is widely respected across the global cricket community.”
Speaking on his appointment, Langer said it was “humbling to be appointed as coach of the Australian Men’s Cricket Team.”
“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.”