Justin Langer Appointed as Australia Coach


New Australia head coach Justin Langer has received a ringing endorsement from Aussie cricket legend Allan Border.

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

The former Australian opener took over from Darren Lehmann, who resigned in March following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

While Australia will be eyeing to become only the second team from the country to succeed in India, they are also slated to play ICC World Cup in the United Kingdom next year followed by an away Ashes battle and World T20 tournament in 2020.

Rating the 2004 series triumph against India on their home turf as one of the most memorable moments of his 105-Test playing career, Langer said that the new-look Australian team could fix their tarnish public image by succeeding the Virat Kohli-led side in early 2021. The 47-year-old, who has been handed a four-year contract, will begin working with the Australian team, across all three formats, from May 22.

Days of headaches‚ vomiting and general frailty followed‚ but against the advice of doctors who told him he could die if he was hit again in the match and unbeknown to his captain‚ Ricky Ponting‚ Langer was padded up and good to go on the fifth morning when Australia's eighth wicket fell with 17 runs needed for victory.

His first job will be a tour of England this summer, with five one-day internationals and one Twenty20.

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Warner and Smith have also been barred from captaining the team for two years.

A expected, He will be without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, as they serve their bans.

Apparently‚ Langer has calmed down since taking to heart the advice given him late in his playing career by one of the most laid back men ever to pick up a bat‚ New Zealand's John Wright: "Young man‚ you need to chill out". We know in this world everyone's got an opinion.

"I would like to thank the Western Australian Cricket Association and the Perth Scorchers for their support over the past six seasons, and for giving me the opportunity to lead and work with two great teams and many exceptional people".

"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. "They [Smith and Warner] are like the cream on the top when it comes to big tournaments", Langer said. He believes, "It's not just about how we play our cricket, it's about being good citizens and good Australians".

Both Langer and Lehmann shared dressing rooms in Steve Waugh's Australia, a feared and brilliant team that made no apologies for crushing opponents with aggression and intimidation.