Former Australia opener Justin Langer has been named as head coach of the national side. He will replace Darren Lehmann who had stepped down following the ball-tampering controversy involving Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
Cricket Australia announced that Langer will take charge of the national team for a four-year period which will see two Ashes series, a World Cup and a World T20 tournament. And while Langer, 47, was always seen as the possible successor to Lehmann, his current appointment comes earlier than expected - and not at the most opportune time. The veteran of 105 Tests in which he averaged 45.27, Langer is expected to have an uphill task getting the Australian team back on its feet after the crippling ball-tampering controversy in South Africa.
"It is humbling to be appointed as coach of the Australian men's cricket team," he was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. "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."