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Published On: Thu, May 3rd, 2018

Justin Langer named to replace Darren Lehmann as Australian cricket coach

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ce37fb32a41d353029acdc72617a0abeNEW DELHI: Justin Langer as the new coach of the national cricket team. He  replaced Darren Lehmann who resigned in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket team in March.
Langer has been appointed on a four-year deal to take over from Darren Lehmann who resigned in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town. He will start his tenure on Australia’s one-day tour of England next month, and will oversee two Ashes series, a World Cup and a World Twenty20 on home soil in 2020.

The 47-year-old Langer, who is currently in-charge of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers, has signed a four-year deal with Australian Board. “Langer will coach Australia in all three formats of the game and will commence in the role on 22 May, for a four-year term taking in two Ashes Series, a World Cup and World T20 tournament,” Cricket Australia said in a release.
The former Test star, who had been overwhelming favourite for the role since Lehmann departed and had regularly filled in previously as a substitute on certain tour, pledged to “bring back the love”.

“I think one of the things that’s really important is that we keep looking to earn respect,” said Langer.“To me respect is worth more than all the gold in the world. We must earn respect on and off the field.
“Another thing we did in Western Australia … was we looked to encourage great cricketers and great Australians. That’s a really important foundation for us.“It’s about being good citizens and good cricketers.”
Smith, Warner and Bancroft have all been banned for not being great Australians after their ball tampering in South Africa which cast a shadow over their futures. But Langer said there was no reason why, after they all “got better” in certain areas, they couldn’t play in a team he coaches.
“One thing I know, the key values for me, is learning from the past,” he said. “We’ll learn from what’s happened. “They are great kids and it was such a surprise they made the mistake they did. But they are great kids … we have all made mistakes, we can all get better at things.
“If we can keep mentoring and helping them … and they want to meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, then of course they’d be welcomed back.” Langer said Australia need to look for the positives in the game’s history as they try to put a dark period behind them.
“What I know is we should be very proud of our history of Australian cricketers,” he said. “We don’t like to bend the rules. That’s a huge foundation. We’ve got to be aware of that but let’s not underestimate how proud we should be of Australian cricket history.

“While 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 Sutherland.“… 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 we have huge confidence in what he will bring to this role.” (With Agency Inputs ).

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