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Langer set to coach Western Australia

Daniel Brettig

November 8, 2012

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Rahul Dravid has chat with Australian batting coach Justin Langer, Melbourne, December 25, 2011
Justin Langer is set to end his time as Australia's assistant coach to take the senior job with Western Australia © AFP

Justin Langer will complete his duties with Australia's Test team in Brisbane before an expected announcement of his appointment as the new coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.

Following the resignation of the WA coach Lachlan Stevens, Langer was approved as the WACA's "preferred candidate" for the job at a board meeting on Wednesday night.

However he will aid Australia's tilt at securing a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series against South Africa at the Gabba before returning home to Perth.

Langer had been keen to seek a senior coaching role for some time, applying for the WA job previously and also the Australian coaching role following Tim Nielsen's exit. More recently he had been in discussions with Somerset about joining the county side as director of cricket.

"We respect Justin has a very important job to do over the next five days assisting the Australian team in what is a vital match against the world's number one Test team," the WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said.

"We will therefore allow him to concentrate on that task before we intend to speak with him about the position of Warriors and Scorchers Head Coach, and hope to make a positive announcement shortly after the completion of the Brisbane Test."

Adam Voges, meanwhile, has been confirmed as WA's captain for the rest of the 2012-13 season. Voges led WA to a nine-wicket loss against Victoria at the MCG on Wednesday night.

"Adam has served as vice-captain of the Warriors since 2007-08 and in that time he has skippered the team on a number of occasions in the absence of Marcus North," Matthews said. "He is an outstanding leader and we are of the firm belief that he is the best man to lead the Warriors for the rest of the summer."

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Posted by RandyOZ on (November 10, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

yay!!!! Get out of the Australian setup! Good riddance. Poor WA though. Now SA wont be the worst shield team!!

Posted by Meety on (November 9, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

@hyclass on (November 09 2012, 12:17 PM GMT) - I felt it was a bit embarrassing when Langar applied for the top job as Head coach for Oz. Whilst he had a great career resume, (particularly his County-pro stint at the ned of his playing career), I felt he was nowhere near ready for that type of role & his results as batting coach should of been a massive negative. However, I do believe taht whilst he had the title of "batting coach" he was probably doing a great job as an assistant coach, I think he has been invaluable in helping Arthurs get his message across to the players, (I say that with no real knowledge inside the Ozzy camp). As Dizzy Gillespie has trod down the Coaching path in Zimbabwe & England - Langar needs this type of role to ever be considered for National honours. I am reasonably confident, that he will be the ideal man to show leadership & culture to WA. Everyone knows they need it! Feel sorry for the outgoing coach & North.

Posted by katandthat3 on (November 9, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

It'll be a bonus for Australia for Langer to go (he's lucky to be there as it is after Argus) but as mentioned by others his strong character could be what the WA squad needs. They need discipline and whoever isn't on board, see you later. They have a talented list (as evidenced by some of their younger players) but that alone doesn't get you far. "Only a fool twists facts to fit theories" - speaking from experience??

Posted by hyclass on (November 9, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

@Chark-attack...I agree with @Meety with respect to Australia and defer to his superior character exposition, given his attending Luncheons with Langer. My one hope though is that given his martial arts background, rather than trying to be best mates,that he will take on the much needed role of distant disciplinarian. Having 2 black belts myself and being known variously among my friends as something of a drill sergeant,I recognise the value that people may derive, who initially have no culture or direction to call their own. Many are surprised to find,curse as they may, that high end discipline is the making of them, when they find that their version of 'I can't' is overtaken by ,'You will' and they suddenly discover that "They can'.No-one likes to watch a rudderless side like WA lose all its potential excellence to easily preventable factors. Many have touted WA players virtues exclusive of character issues.Only a fool twists facts to fit theories.The issues are WA issues-not cricket

Posted by whitesXI on (November 9, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Thank you WA, Aus owes you a debt of gratitude if you can remove Langer as Aus batting coach. The one area that wasn't overhauled post argus review is still aus' biggest weakness. Hope WA can overturn their form this year though, they're a better team than what they've shown so far this season

Posted by   on (November 9, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

I think that it's a good move by WA, I think he will do a much better job than Moody. Hopefully Voges can score some runs and lead by example.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Good news for WA cricket, I am raopped that Langer is coming in and he will mould the fighting mentality and take away our mediority state of mind

Posted by ActionJacksonMan on (November 8, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

I reckon this is a really bad idea. We saw what happened with Tom Moody the last time they tried appointing a WA "Old Boy" as coach. I think they would have been much better off bringing in someone from a completely different background, who was willing to completely overhaul the entire system and start again from scratch, rather than someone who will potentially be influenced by his own history / past experiences with the state. Also, just throwing this out there... exactly what skills / qualifications does Langer bring to the coach's role, other than the fact that he played for Australia in this century?? He certainly hasn't achieved anything of note with the Australian side, particularly compared to what McDermoot accomplished as bowling coach. So I have a lot of reservations about this decision. Mind you, it's not like the Warriors could possibly get any worse, so I guess there's no place to go from here but up.

Posted by Meety on (November 8, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Thank god for that! Love the guy, I have been to a couple of Luncheons where he spoke & it is impossible to dislike the guy. @Chark_attack on (November 08 2012, 07:33 AM GMT) - I wanted him to get the chop after the business at Newlands, I think it was our 3rd sub-100. I think Langar was out of place a Batting Coach, however, he is the type of person that players would crave to have in management. This is a good career move!

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 8, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

so why not simply swap the roles, given that Lachlan worked very well with Mickey at WACA. A simple swap should do the job..no brainers!!

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