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Cricket Australia Appoints Justin Langer As Head Coach

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| May 3 , 2018 , 12:29 IST

Cricket Australia on Thursday named Justin Langer as the successor to Darren Lehman.

47 years old Langer, a former Test opening batsman Langer, will coach Australian Men's cricket team in all three formats of the game — Tests, one-day and Twenty20 — and will begin his new role on 22 May for a four-year term, CA said.

"We are thrilled to appoint Justin as Bupa Support Team Head Coach of the Australian men's cricket team. Whilst Darren Lehmann was not due to complete his term until next year, we have had a succession plan in place for this role for some time," said Cricket Australia’s head James Sutherland.

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"The plan has allowed us to consider several worthy candidates, but Justin was the clear standout, particularly based on his recent coaching and player development achievements," he added.

Langer who himself was a prolific batsman in his playing career, amassed over 7,500 runs. Addressing the media he confronted the elephant in the room — the ball-tampering scandal — as he said that the Australian cricket will have to work hard earn the respect of their country and the cricketing world.

“For me, I think one of the things that’s really important is we keep looking to earn respect,” Langer told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

“To me, respect’s worth more than all the gold in the world. It’s not just about how we play our cricket, it’s about being good citizens and good Australians,” he added.