Justin Langer has decided to play on for Western Australia next season in an attempt to lead the Warriors to their first Pura Cup title since 1998-99. And if Langer has his way, the man who captained that successful team eight years ago, Tom Moody, will be back in Perth as coach.
Speaking at Western Australia's awards night on Monday, Langer said his international goals had been achieved but he had unfinished business at state level. "One of the great highlights of my career was winning that first Sheffield Shield [in 1992]," Langer told AAP.
"When I stood here this time last year I had a burning desire to win back the Ashes with my mates, and for a long time the Australian cricket team have been my mates. I have felt in the last six months, I have started to develop some really good friendships, some mates, with the West Australian guys. And I have still got a burning ambition to win the Pura Cup back, so there's your announcement."
Langer, 36, is scheduled to play county cricket for Somerset this season. He hopes by the time he returns to Western Australia after winter, his old mate Moody will have replaced Wayne Clark, who announced his retirement as coach in January.
"I'm still fit, I am still enjoying the game ... hopefully Tom Moody will be coach, and if that is the case that would be an added bonus," Langer said. "I am sure if Tom wants the job he is a walk up start. We are all hopeful we see him coming through the arrivals gate at Perth airport in a month or so."
Langer said captaining the side was not a condition of him staying on as a player, but it was something he was keen to continue. "I'd like to think my experience, working in conjunction with someone like Tom, would be a great leadership group for WA cricket," he said.