Australia news May 19, 2015

Langer extends Western Australia contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

Justin Langer is sticking firm with Western Australia © Getty Images

Justin Langer has extended his coaching contract with Western Australia until the end of 2017-18, putting an end to speculation that linked him with the England and India coaching jobs.

Langer said he was flattered to have been mentioned as a potential candidate for the international positions, but he believed his immediate future remained at home. Langer is considered the most likely man to eventually replace Australia's coach Darren Lehmann, whenever Lehmann's tenure should end.

As coach of Western Australia since 2012-13, Langer has led the state to two Sheffield Shield finals and to the Matador Cup one-day title last summer, along with the past two BBL titles as coach of the Perth Scorchers. Prior to coaching Western Australia, Langer served as Australia's batting coach from 2009 to 2012.

"I am flattered to be associated with potential international coaching opportunities, but the timing isn't right for my family and I still feel there is much work to be done here in Western Australian and Australian cricket," Langer said on Tuesday.

"Having spent nearly 20 years on the road with the Australian team as a player and then coach, I respect what an enormous commitment it is to be away from your family for almost 12 months of the year.

"There is no doubt I have aspirations to coach internationally, but that will depend upon timing and opportunity in the future. I look forward to continuing my work at the WACA and I am excited by this challenge."

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