Justin Langer named new head coach of Australia
Former Australian opener, Justin Langer was on May 3, 2018 named as the new head coach of Australia in all three formats of the game, replacing Darren Lehmann, who resigned after the recent ball-tampering row.
Langer has been signed on for a four-year term, which is effective from May 22, 2018. The term would oversee two Ashes series, a World Cup and a World Twenty20 tournament.
The former cricketer takes over the top position at a time when Australian cricket is in midst of a crisis following the 12-month suspensions of former captain Steve Smith and former vice-captain David Warner over a ball-tampering scandal.
About Justin Langer
• The left-handed batsman has played 105 Tests for Australia, scoring 7,696 runs including 23 centuries.
• He along with Mathew Hayden formed a formidable opening pair for Australia during one of its most successful eras.
• His playing career spanned almost 20 years and 360 first-class matches, scoring more than 28,000 first-class runs.
• As a coach, he had been in charge of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers since November 2012.
• He in fact, led the Scorchers to Big Bash League T20 championships three times, the most by any coach, in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17.
• He also led the Western Australia Warriors to one-day Cup titles twice, in 2014-15 and 2017-18.
• Langer has also previously served as an assistant coach for the Australian team for a period of three years from November 2009.
• He was also twice appointed as the head coach of the team on an interim basis, once in an ODI tri-series in the Caribbean in 2016 and the second time for a home T20 series against Sri Lanka in 2017.
• He retired from international cricket in 2007 at the end of a 5-0 Ashes series victory.
• His first assignment as head coach will be the tour of England, with five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 beginning on June 13.
Speaking on his new role, Langer said that he was looking forward to working with all the players. He also spoke about improving the team’s behavior and winning the respect back.
Further, Langer opened the door for Smith, Warner and Cameron’s comeback by saying, "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."
Darren Lehmann announces his resignation as Australia’s coach
Why did Darren Lehmann step down?
• Australia’s head coach Darren Lehmann announced his resignation on March 29, 2018, ahead of Australia’s fourth and the final Test in South Africa.
• Lehmann’s resignation followed the ball-tampering scandal that jolted Australian cricket during the third test against South Africa despite having no part in the scandal.
• Three Australian players - captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were allegedly involved in masterminding the ball-tampering scandal that erupted during the third day's play against South Africa in the Cape Town Test on March 24, 2018.
• Australia’s opening batsman Bancroft was caught on camera using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball.
• Following this, all three players were charged with a breach of Article 2.3.5 of the CA Code of Conduct which deals with conducts "contrary to the spirit of the game" and "bringing the game of cricket into disrepute".
• Cricket Australia slapped one-year international ban each on skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner and a nine-month ban on Bancroft.
• Lehmann made his decision after watching Smith and Bancroft deliver emotional, tear-filled apologies at news conferences earlier on March 29.
• He said after viewing Steve and Cameron's hurting, it was only fair that he make this decision.