Cricket Australia have put an end to speculation, naming Justin Langer as the new Australian coach across all formats of the game. (AAP: Tony McDonough)
Cricket Australia has confirmed Western Australia coach and former Test batsman Justin Langer as the new man in charge of the Australian men’s team, replacing Darren Lehmann.
Speculation about his replacement has centred around Langer, and Cricket Australia made it official with a release this morning.
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Langer will take over on May 22, beginning a four-year term that will take him through home and away Ashes series, a Cricket World Cup in 2019 and the ICC World Twenty20 the following year.
“We are thrilled to appoint Justin as head coach of the Australian men’s cricket team,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said in the statement.
“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.
“In addition to professional development opportunities, this plan has included several coaches stepping into the head role to relieve Darren at times, and to also provide support roles, including Justin, and forms part of our long running succession planning process.
“The plan has allowed us to consider several worthy candidates, but Justin was the clear standout, particularly based on his recent coaching and player development achievements.
“We firmly believe Justin is the right person to lead this team and have huge confidence in what he will bring to the role.”
Langer has been the coach of the Western Warriors and the Perth Scorchers Big Bash League sides since 2012.
His successes include three Big Bash titles with the Scorchers, and two domestic one-day titles with the Warriors.
The West Australian native has been involved with the Australian national team previously in a coaching capacity, spending three years as an assistant coach and stepping in as an interim head coach twice — for an ODI series in the West Indies in 2016, and for a T20 series against Sri Lanka last year.
Langer played 105 Tests and eight one-day internationals for Australia, scoring more than 7,500 runs as a Test opener.
More to come.