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Langer confirmed as Warriors coach

Daniel Brettig

November 14, 2012

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George Bailey and Justin Langer during practice, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 4, 2012
Justin Langer has departed from the Australian team to become senior coach of WA © AFP
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Justin Langer has been confirmed as Western Australia's new coach, leaving his role as an assistant with the national team to try to improve the state side's fortunes after almost a decade without a domestic trophy and widely known cultural problems.

The announcement, which also has Langer taking up the job as coach of the Perth Scorchers in the BBL, arrived the day after Australia drew the first Test with South Africa in Brisbane. Langer will be in place as coach of the Warriors in time for Saturday's domestic limited overs match against South Australia in Perth.

He has been contracted until the end of the 2015-16 season, offering Langer the chance to work with and improve the the team's results over a lengthy term.

Noted for his heavy emphasis on team-work and the mental side of the game, Langer has the job ahead of him to build a WA side in his own determined and dedicated image, following a dire start to the season that included widely publicised disciplinary problems at the T20 Champions League in South Africa and three outright losses to start the Sheffield Shield.

"I am really thrilled to be taking up the position as Warriors and Scorchers Head Coach and feel that the energy for my work will be doubled now that I am back home around my family, my cricket friends and my personal friends," Langer said.

"I have two main objectives. The first is to bring cricket back to life in Western Australia, and the second is to help these boys become men on and off the cricket field.

"I was very fortunate to serve an apprenticeship with the Australian team and I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get started on this new challenge at what promises to be an exciting time in WA cricket."

Dennis Lillee, the WACA president, said Langer's fortunes would be dictated as much by the ability of the players and support staff to work hard with him as it would be the coach's responsibility alone.

"Some issues relating to the underlying culture within the Warriors and Scorchers have been identified recently and Justin's appointment is the first step we are taking to bring back a strong culture to the WACA," Lillee said.

"We must go forward and no one needs to be reminded of Justin's outstanding credentials. He is a steely, dedicated man of cricket with a no-nonsense approach and is exactly what we need to turn this talented Western Australian side into a committed team using all of its natural talent.

"However it can't just be the coach that turns things around. We need players to put up their hands to be positive and tough leaders within this group going forward."

Having retired from a decorated international career at the conclusion of the 2006-07 Ashes series in Australia, Langer returned to the national set-up as batting coach in November 2009. Since then he has applied for various coaching jobs, including WA's, and was also a candidate for the senior Australian coaching job when Mickey Arthur replaced Tim Nielsen in 2011.

In replacing Langer, Cricket Australia will employ the Centre of Excellence coach Stuart Law as a batting assistant this summer, and may then look further afield for a longer term replacement. Pat Howard, the team performance manager, described Law's tenure as a "try before you buy" scenario for the national team.

"Stuart was there all week, we obviously knew this a little bit prior [to the announcement], and so he's had a full week of training with the Test team all last week," Howard said.

"Stuart's a really solid individual and has made a real impact. The fact he's got experience not only in Australia but on the subcontinent and England to help deal with players of the future, and he's got an impact now to work over the next couple of weeks with the players of now.

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Posted by crow_eater on (November 14, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Woohoo! Short of a victory yesterday that's the best news I've heard for the Aussie team. For too long Langer has been left unaccounted for our batting woes. As a south Aussie I can only wish him & WA the best of luck. They're gonna need it. Now what's Steve Waugh doing at the moment?

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 14, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

With likes of Ricky and Huss in the team, do you really need a batting coach?

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 14, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

huge win for Australia not having this hopeless batting coach. Even better for the redbacks, who will no longer be the worst shield team!!!!

Posted by mthw on (November 14, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

@ Kirk MacKintosh! Brad Hodge!! hahahaha... I was having a bad day til I heard your joke!! Thanks for cheering me up!

It was a joke right??

Posted by Meety on (November 14, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

WA 7/56 after 27 overs - good luck Justin, I think you'll be needing oodles of it!!!!!

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 14, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Good luck to Langer, champion batsman

Posted by hycIass on (November 14, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

@blackjesuz agree with you mate, he was a good batsman but terrible batting coach, his bias treatment of Hughes lead tohim being in the team longer then he should have and he was also pushing for Shaun Marsh to be in the team when he wasn't ready.

Posted by blackjesuz on (November 14, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

Good riddance! he was a great opener and our boys could learn a lot from him, BUT they have made no such proggress under him as batting coach really so his coaching mustn't be up to scratch (although he cant shoulder much of the blame).

Posted by Meety on (November 14, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

Good on him. I think this will be the right type of role for him, if he wants the National job.

Posted by kensohatter on (November 14, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

The prodigal son of Western Australian cricket is exactly what his home state needs right now. JL brings discipline, experience, work ethic and team work to a state that currently lacks all four. The national set up will be poorer without him as the young batting side is in need of an experienced head to guide them however I heard Stuart Laws name bandied around as a potential replacement which should give a fresh approach for Cowan, Warner, Quiney etc.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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