Cricket Australia appoints new head coach for cricket team
Justin Langer has been appointed as the new head coach of the Australian cricket team, Cricket Australia announced on Thursday. The former international, who has been appointed for a four-year term, will coach the senior men’s side across formats.
Langer replaces Darren Lehmann in the top job and will take charge on May 22.
Langer has prior coaching experience, having been in charge of Western Australia and BBL franchise Perth Scorchers since November 2012. He’s been at the helm with Scorchers winning the T20 league on three occasions, the most of any coach, in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17. He’s also led the Warriors to One-Day Cup titles twice, in 2014-15 and 2017-18.
Langer has also been involved in the Australian men’s set-up on multiple occasions previously. He’s twice been the assistant coach on an interim basis, in an ODI Tri-Series in the Caribbean in 2016, and in a T20 International Series on home soil against Sri Lanka in 2017. Prior to that, Langer served as the assistant coach for three years from November 2009, before taking up head coaching roles with WA and Scorchers.
Langer represented Australia in 105 Test matches and eight ODIs. He scored 7696 Test runs – including 23 centuries – and was an integral member of the Australian team during one of the most successful eras of all time.