Justin Langer named to replace Darren Lehmann as Australian cricket coach

Justin Langer named to replace Darren Lehmann as Australian cricket coach

Langer‚ who has replaced Darren Lehmann as Australia's coach in the ongoing fallout from the ball-tampering debacle‚ won 11 of his 105 Test caps against the South Africans - some of whom remember him for his incessant and unimaginatively ugly sledging more than his fiercely determined batting.

"Justin was the clear standout, particularly based on his recent coaching and player development achievements", Stuff.co.nz quoted James Sutherland, Cricket Australia chief executive as saying.

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.

The former Australia opener insists India tour in "three to four year's time" will be a big test. There are also a couple of Ashes series coupled with World T20 in 2020 and 50-over World Cup in 2019 as the new coach will have to start building the side across formats from now on.

The 47-year-old Langer represented Australia in 105 test matches over almost 20 years, scoring 7,500 runs, including 23 centuries.

He has also been the head coach of Western Australia and has been instrumental in leading Perth Scorchers to titles in the Big Bash League.

Days of headaches‚ vomiting and general frailty followed‚ but against the advice of doctors who told him he could die if he was hit again in the match and unbeknown to his captain‚ Ricky Ponting‚ Langer was padded up and good to go on the fifth morning when Australia's eighth wicket fell with 17 runs needed for victory.

Justin Langer will take over on May 22 and his first assignment will be a limited-overs series in England in June.

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Langer was an integral part of the domineering and often brutal Australian teams of the early 2000s, retiring after the 2006-07 Ashes whitewash alongside Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

Smith and Warner were stripped of the captaincy and vice-captaincy and handed 12-month bans, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months for bringing the game into disrepute during Australia's tour of South Africa.

Ponting is now associated with Delhi Daredevils as Head Coach, a role which he was handed in January this year.

Redemption will also be offered for the fallen, and he was unequivocal about Smith, Warner and Bancroft's right to regain their places in the side once they served their penance. As an worldwide cricketer, Justin was a proud and courageous competitor who gave his all for his country.

But Langer, who has been announced as Australia's new coach after the resignation of Darren Lehmann, says Warner's cards haven't been marked.

He will join men's test captain Tim Paine and the national women's skipper Rachael Haynes on a panel along with other former cricketers to draft a players' "charter of behaviour".

"The (Australian) public will be disappointed if we don't play good, hard, competitive cricket".

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