Justin Langer has been named as the new head coach of Australia. The former opener replaces Darren Lehmann who resigned from his duties following ball-tampering incident that saw top players banned from international cricket for a period of 12 months.
Langer who retired from international cricket in 2007 has signed a four-year deal. He is currently in-charge of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said that Cricket Australia has planned his replacement with a succession plan in place for this role for some time.
“The plan has allowed us to consider several worthy candidates, but Justin was the clear the standout, particularly based on his recent coaching and player development achievements,” he said.
“We firmly believe Justin is the right person to lead this team and have huge confidence in what he will bring to the role.”
The left-hand batsman has played 105 tests for Australia scoring 7696 runs.
The 47-year-old has led the Scorchers to three Big bash Titles and Western Australia to two domestic 50-over crowns. He is expected to build a strong team with good character.
On his new duty, Langer said, “I am very excited about the scope I now have to coach the country that supported me so much in my cricketing career.”
“There will be some significant challenges ahead for our group, but there is a wealth of talent in Australian cricket that I know will do us all proud.
“I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with all players, as we strive for a successful men’s team across all formats, with the support and respect of the Australian public.”
Langer’s first assignment will be a tour of England, with five ODIs and one-off T20 beginning on 13 June.