Finally, the Team Australia has recovered from the infamous ball-tampering scandal that shook the entire cricket fraternity. Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner, suspended for a year for their roles in the ball-tampering. Young opening batsman Cameron Bancroft was also banned for nine months for his part in the incident.
After the sacking of Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft, Darren Lehmann stepped down from the coach’s position for no fault of his.
With Darren Lehman giving up the coaching, team Australia had finally found the able coach in Justin Langer, a former Australian Test opener.
With than 7,696 runs, including 23 centuries from 105 test matches, Justin Langer also enjoyed success coaching Western Australia state and the Perth Scorchers since November 2012.
Langer has acted as Australia’s head coach on an interim basis, in a limited-overs series in the Caribbean in 2016, and at home against Sri Lanka last year.
Here are some facts about Langer:
*He played 105 tests for Australia, scoring 7,696 runs at an average of 45.27, with 23 centuries and 30 half-centuries. His last test was against England at Sydney in 2007.
*He made his Ashes debut in 1998 against England and went on to score 1658 runs in 21 tests against the opposition, with five centuries and five fifties
*His career-best 250 also came against England in Melbourne during the 2002-03 Ashes series.
*Langer hit five centuries and finished with 1481 runs in 14 tests in 2004, more than any other batsman during the calendar year.
*He formed a prolific opening partnership for Australia with Matthew Hayden, scoring 5,655 runs together over 113 innings.
*He was one of the five Wisden cricketers of the year in 2001.
*Langer was appointed as assistant coach of Australian team under boss Tim Nielsen in 2009.
*Langer took charge of Western Australia and domestic Twenty20 outfit Perth Scorchers in 2012.
*Scorchers became the most successful team in Big Bash League history under Langer, winning the tournament three times and coming runners-up twice.
*He got his first taste of life as national team’s coach in 2016 when he took charge on a temporary basis when Darren Lehmann was preparing for Ashes and the overseas matches later that year.
After his appointment, Langer said, “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.”
One of Langer’s first jobs will be to participate in a players’ review launched by CA after the ball-tampering scandal aimed at improving the culture of the team.
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