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Somerset in talks with Langer

George Dobell

October 18, 2012

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Justin Langer drives square, Somerset v Warwickshire, County Championship Division One, Taunton, April 17, 2009
Justin Langer, the former Australia opening batsman, enjoyed a successful period at Somerset between 2006 and 2009 © Getty Images
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Justin Langer, Australia's assistant coach, has emerged as a leading candidate for the position of director of cricket at Somerset.

Brian Rose, who formerly held the role, stepped down in September and ESPNcricinfo understands that Langer and Somerset are in detailed talks with an appointment anticipated in November. Somerset, while declining to confirm that they are in talks with Langer, confirmed that several candidates they are considering have have requested anonymity.

Langer, 41, a former Australia opening batsman, enjoyed a successful period at the club between 2006 and 2009, captaining the team to the final of the domestic T20 and into the Champions Trophy. He is also credited for instilling new standards of professionalism into a club that was, in the past, known more for its charm than its achievement.

The appointment of such a high-profile figure would represent a coup for Somerset, who are anxious to lose their reputation of being perennial runners-up.

it would also allow Langer to settle with his family in one spot and avoid the touring that comes with life as an international coach. Somerset, well run and financially successful off the pitch, are able to compete with the salary offers of the majority of first-class counties and have a well-justified reputation as a friendly club.

Somerset have an excellent record in recent seasons, but have narrowly missed out on winning a trophy. Between 2009 and 2011 they were beaten in three successive T20 finals and, in 2010, lost in the CB40 final and were deprived of a first County Champions title only through having won one fewer game than Nottinghamshire.

They remain one of the few sides - Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire are the others - never to have won the County Championship.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Meety on (October 19, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

@Chris_P on (October 19 2012, 01:03 AM GMT) - just guessing, but I think his involvement with the Test squad has made Arthurs job easier as a bit of a go-between. No comment on batting coach!!!!!!

Posted by Chris_P on (October 19, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

I am in agreement with Meety. Langer, while possessing grit & determination has never struck me as a technical expert. His is great for mental & physical preparation but wouldn't there be guys in England with similar credentials? Good luck with all his future ventures, he would certainly give his all in anything he attempted.

Posted by Mary_786 on (October 18, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

Good on you Langer, champion batsman and bloke.

Posted by Meety on (October 18, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

Langar is an absolute legend - but I would be glad if he moves on from his current batting coach role. I think Langar would make a great Assistant coach as I think he would really communicate well with the players, not sure about his strategic ability & I am fairly dubious about his technical skills as a batting coach as I always thought he was a bit of an ugly-duckling when batting. Pugnacious - yes, tough as they come - yes, Gower no way!!!!

Posted by srriaj317 on (October 18, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Great news! He has been the most ineffective batting coach down here and nothing can be better than this to move him away from our setup! Clarke and Ponting would never sack him with their selection policy geared towards mates. Please Somerset take Langer away!!!

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (October 18, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Anything that will see our young bowlers and batsman develop to their potential and beyond is a very good thing. Donald would have been my preference as bowling is the poor relation at Somerset, and with our Devon young guns we potentially have a future CC winning pack - if handled properly. How many titles did Blackwell win at Durham?

Posted by jonesy2 on (October 18, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

haha the author. no need to explain who langer is. half of the greatest opening pair in test cricket history. this would be huge for england cricket.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (October 18, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

Good news. Langer is very knowledgeable about cricket, clearly not the best batting coach but his experience at the top would be an amazing opportunity. I agree with SamuelH, if he could bring over one of the young Aussie quicks for a season or two then brilliant!

Posted by SDHM on (October 18, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

I'm not so sure about this to be honest. Under his tutelage Australia's batsmen don't seem to have made the same strides as their young bowlers have, although on the other hand he did great things at Somerset. If he helps bring a couple of the young Aussie seamers to the club though, I'm all for it!

Posted by bumsonseats on (October 18, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

mark shane if he had a problem with Blackwell then so did Durham who if not released was let go on loan to warks. i think hes never been the keep fit variety of a player so maybe that had something to do with him been let go.

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