Stabroek News – MELBOURNE,  (Reuters) – Justin Langer has been named as Australia’s head coach on a four-year contract, replacing Darren Lehmann following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that rocked world cricket.

Summary

  • MELBOURNE,  (Reuters) – Justin Langer has been named as Australia’s head coach on a four-year contract, replacing Darren Lehmann following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that rocked world cricket.
  • Long touted as Lehmann’s successor, former test opener Langer has landed the role earlier than planned after his predecessor resigned following the Cape Town scandal despite being cleared of any wrongdoing himself.
  • He takes over a depleted team, with Captain Steve Smith and Vice-captain David Warner, the side’s two top batsmen, suspended for a year for their roles in the ball-tampering.
  • “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,” Cricket Australia (CA) CEO James Sutherland said in a media release on Thursday.
  • He has acted as Australia’s head coach on an interim basis, in a limited-overs series in the Caribbean in 2016, and at home against Sri Lanka last year.


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