Western Australia news November 8, 2012

Langer set to coach Western Australia

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."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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