County cricket October 18, 2012

Somerset in talks with Langer

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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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  • 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!!!!!!

  • 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.

  • Mary_786 on October 18, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Good on you Langer, champion batsman and bloke.

  • 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!!!!

  • 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!!!

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!!!!!!

  • 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.

  • Mary_786 on October 18, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Good on you Langer, champion batsman and bloke.

  • 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!!!!

  • 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!!!

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • jonesy.2 on October 18, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    i can understand him wanting to come over to the uk. he has had problems with the lack of our home batters and our struggles. i hope he can do a better job with better players that are in the uk. he had no other choice under the circumcises, he was flogging a dead horse in aus.

  • azzaman333 on October 18, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Take him, he's no good as batting coach.

  • Yevghenny on October 18, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    would be an excellent appointment that would see Somerset go from strength to strength. Langer's a winner who knows what it takes

  • on October 18, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Dont want this guy back, He done his time , Doesnt understand the English domestic system and he was the cause of Ian Blackwell going , when Langer dropped him repeatedly from the side for no reason EVER given to the members.

  • Front-Foot_lunge on October 18, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    I fully support this decision!!! If we can get Langer across then at last we're doing something at the grass-roots to improve the stocks of English cricket...rather than relying on foreign nationals, and the advatanges of our colonial past, to import talented youngsters from other countries domestic systems. This, however, is an import I can fully believe in!

  • on October 18, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Excellent article George. Very good news as a Somerset fan.

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  • on October 18, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Excellent article George. Very good news as a Somerset fan.

  • Front-Foot_lunge on October 18, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    I fully support this decision!!! If we can get Langer across then at last we're doing something at the grass-roots to improve the stocks of English cricket...rather than relying on foreign nationals, and the advatanges of our colonial past, to import talented youngsters from other countries domestic systems. This, however, is an import I can fully believe in!

  • on October 18, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Dont want this guy back, He done his time , Doesnt understand the English domestic system and he was the cause of Ian Blackwell going , when Langer dropped him repeatedly from the side for no reason EVER given to the members.

  • Yevghenny on October 18, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    would be an excellent appointment that would see Somerset go from strength to strength. Langer's a winner who knows what it takes

  • azzaman333 on October 18, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Take him, he's no good as batting coach.

  • jonesy.2 on October 18, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    i can understand him wanting to come over to the uk. he has had problems with the lack of our home batters and our struggles. i hope he can do a better job with better players that are in the uk. he had no other choice under the circumcises, he was flogging a dead horse in aus.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.