South Africa in Australia 2012-13 November 11, 2012

Law in line to mentor batsmen

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Law is expected to take over as Australia's batting coach for the remainder of the series against South Africa if Justin Langer is confirmed as Western Australia's new coach. Langer is likely to be put in charge of the Warriors after the end of the Brisbane Test, and Australia's management has already sounded out Law, an assistant coach at the Centre of Excellence, about filling the post for the Adelaide and Perth Tests.

Law was working with the Australians in the nets ahead of the Gabba Test and he could be the front-runner for the full-time role if Langer departs. Prior to joining the Centre of Excellence, Law served as the coach of Bangladesh and was Sri Lanka's interim coach after the 2011 World Cup, having first joined them as an assistant in 2009.

"I've had word from both Pat Howard [Cricket Australia's team performance manager], and the Australian team management that providing that Justin takes the West Australian job they would like me to be around the group for the summer for the preparation stages of each Test match," Law told the Sun-Herald.

"To be the national team batting coach would be a huge honour. I'm actually flattered that I'm even thought about in this position. I'm relatively new to coaching, I've been coaching international cricket for three years, but I've got a lot of knowledge. I've played a lot of cricket in all sorts of conditions against all sorts of opponents. There is no better environment than coaching around the likes of the Pontings, Clarkes and the Husseys and Warners of the world."

Although Langer has not officially taken the job as Western Australia's coach, he is expected join the Warriors after completing his national team duties in Brisbane. The state's mentor, Lachlan Stevens, quit last week, soon after the captain Marcus North also announced his resignation.

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  • Andrew on November 12, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    @davidpk on (November 11 2012, 13:51 PM GMT) - " have a hard job on your hands the cupboard is bare..." - LOL! Same stroyline you've been saying for 2 years, YET in your own country, you went on tour with the next big thing in the UK - Root, who has an average 57 - no? 47 - nope, 37! Yes, me thinks the cupboard is so bare we better start scouting Sth Africa! Then again 4/480 odd against the best bowling attack in the world is probably not a bad place to be! Yep, come to think of it, I'd rather be an Ozzy fan right now than a Pommy fan! @Gilly4ever on (November 12 2012, 00:43 AM GMT) - WG Grace, would not work, he'd have to serve a 4-year qulifying period in Oz first! I think Sir Don is a better bet!

  • Jeff on November 12, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Chris_P: I agree mate. You can also add Martin Love, Jamie Cox, Michael DiVenuto and Brad Hodge to that list (and, just on averages alone, David Hussey). Law and Hodge were, in my opinion, more talented than many of their Test-playing contemporaries. And Benkl, it's not necessarily that Law knows more than players like Hussey and Ponting, but he understands the game and has an eye for the technique. He can watch a player's performance and assess where their technique is challenged and then recommend changes. When it's your own batting, it's very difficult to self-assess with any degree of reliability.

  • Adrian on November 12, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Yes AB should come back too. He isn't that old. W G Grace played into his 60s! In fact, if we could dig him up and get some kind of reanimation thing going, why can't we get Bradman in? LOLOL - yes I was joking before. LOL.

  • michael on November 12, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Gilly4ever. It's pretty ridiculous calling for Law's return to the side at the ripe old age of 44. The game has changed in the last 10 yrs, you can no longer play into your 40's with the athleticism required at the top level. Next you'll be asking Allan Border to come back!

  • Ben on November 12, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    What does Stuart law know that Hussey and Ponting dont ?

  • Rajaram on November 11, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Stuart Law has not set the world aflame with centuries, but he probably has a good eye for coaching, and improving technique. Like John Buchanan,the BEST COACH EVER in Cricket History,never played a Test Match for Australia.

  • Adrian on November 11, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Stuart Law isn't that old. Wouldn't it be better if he just played for Australia? The guy is only 44.

  • Peter on November 11, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Finally CA has got it right. This guy must be having nightmares about being around when the Aussies were so strong with their batting ending playing only 1 test (Ponting's test debut as well) scoring 54no. Along with Jamie Siddons, these 2 would be the most unluckiest cricketers in recent memory for Australia. His approach & ideas are thoughtful & full of well reviewed data. He has also coached around the world, successfully, & interacts well with all cultures & generations.

  • david on November 11, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    great choice very unlucky as a player to only have played 1 test. will do a job for the aussies as hes a pom now great that he can help them out. but stewey you have a hard job on your hands the cupboard is bare. great at T20 but poor test players

  • Randolph on November 11, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Well lets hope the first thing he does is push for Hughes and Khawaja.

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