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Justin Langer replaces Lehmann as the head coach of Australian cricket team

03 May, 2018, 18:36 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer

Langer has a close relationship with Bancroft, having overseen the 25-year-old's rise to the national team during his six-year stint as coach of Western Australia.

He 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 past year. He also found success with the Warriors in the JLT One-Day Cup.

As a result, Warner and Steve Smith were banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

Despite widespread criticism of player behaviour, Langer, who will sit on the panel of Rick McCosker's player-led review of team culture, did not believe an overhaul of Australia's aggressive playing style was necessary but accepted modifications were required. The 47-year-old Langer represented Australia in 105 test matches over almost 20 years, scoring 7,500 runs, including 23 centuries. "David Warner made a mistake".

Due to strict rules in WA District Cricket, whereby all CA punishments must be enforced, Bancroft may miss out on the chance to play club cricket and begin his process of rehabilitation. Yep. we've all got areas we can get better at. Has Steve Smith? Has Cameron Bancroft? "If we can keep mentoring and helping them and they want to meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, then of course they'd be welcomed back".

Warner had fallen out with several teammates after being identified as the architect of the ball-tampering plot which brought Australian cricket to its knees. "We can all get better at things". That's mental toughness, it is about being 100% focussed on the next ball.

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"There's a difference between competitiveness and aggression and we've got to be careful with that". "There are some big tournaments coming up", Langer told mediapersons today. "So we if we can encourage great people and great Australians over the next four years, I think that's a really important foundation for us".

"Another thing we did in Western Australia ... was we looked to encourage great cricketers and great Australians".

Langer has acknowledged that his early struggles left him feeling insecure about his place in the team and the public still perceive him as a player who became great through dogged graft rather than dazzling natural ability. "I would say, without being in it (at South Africa), camaraderie wasn't as right as it needed to be".

"If you've got that camaraderie, it's like the glue that keeps everything together, particularly when you're under pressure", he said.

"We'll have to work on that", he said. "That's how I see the role". I like them to be tight.

Langer was the "very clear standout candidate", according to Sutherland, among the all Australian field.



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