County cricket October 18, 2012

Somerset in talks with Langer

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