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Justin Langer Rules Out England, India Coaching Job, Renews Contract With Western Australia

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| May 19 , 2015 , 14:21 IST
LangerJustin Langer has ruled himself out of the running for the England or India coaching job after renewing his contract with Western Australia for two more years. Langer had been linked with both the job of replacing Duncan Fletcher, whose contract with India expired at the end of the World Cup in March, and the position left vacant after England sacked Peter Moores two weeks ago. Sourav Ganguly's name doing rounds as the replacement for Fletcher. However, Langer has become a likely contender given the success foreign coaches have had with Team India. Langer's former Australia teammate Jason Gillespie, currently working with English county Yorkshire, is widely considered to be the favorite to become England's next coach. "I am flattered to be associated with potential international coaching opportunities but the timing isn't right for my family and I still feel there is much work to be done here in Western Australian and Australian cricket," the 44-year-old said in a news release. "Having spent nearly 20 years on the road with the Australian team as a player and then coach, I respect what an enormous commitment it is to be away from your family for almost 12 months of the year. Langer, who played 105 tests for Australia, said he spoke to England director of cricket Andrew Strauss twice last week about replacing Peter Moores, but decided to stay in Perth for family and other reasons. In a statement Tuesday, the ex-test opener says "When I followed my gut and my heart it was an easy decision." Current Australia coach Darren Lehmann, who is contracted until the end of June 2017, earlier this year nominated his former test team mate as his likely successor. Langer was appointed Western Australia coach in 2012 and has guided them to the last two Sheffield Shield finals, this year's domestic state one-day title and, as the Perth Scorchers, the last two Big Bash Twenty20 titles. (With Agency Inputs)