Cricket Australia has announced the country’s new head coach – Justin Langer, a veteran of 105 Test matches is going to take the position from May 22 that will be effective in coming four years.
The 47 year old Langer took over from Darren Lehman who resigned after the scandalous ball tampering incident in South Africa tour that dragged the then captain Steven Smith and Vice-captain David Warner into disgrace. Both were suspended for a year.
Langer had been head coach of Western Australia State and the Perth Scorchers Twenty20 team since November 2012.
“Justin was the clear standout, particularly based on his recent coaching and player development achievements,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said Thursday.
“How people view us, that’s really none of our business. We know in this world everyone’s got an opinion. If we go about our behaviors on and off the field really well, those outcomes will look after themselves,” Sutherland said.
Justin Langer said, “There will be some significant challenges ahead for our group, but there is a wealth of talent in Australian cricket. I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with all players … with the support and respect of the Australian public.”
He further told, “For me, I think one of the things that’s really important is we keep looking to earn respect.”
“To me, respect’s worth more than all the gold in the world. It’s not just about how we play our cricket, it’s about being good citizens and good Australians,” he said.
Perth-born Langer scored more than 7,500 runs in 105 Tests, including 23 centuries, before retiring at the end of the 2006-07 Ashes series.