Former Australia player Justin Langer revealed he never considered taking up the England head coach role.
Langer, who was Australian men’s team head coach for nearly four years, was one of the names doing the rounds for new England Test coach last month.
I have never talked to England cricket about coaching: Justin Langer
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was appointed England Test head coach and Australia’s Matthew Mott as the white-ball coach.
The 51-year-old said he never had the plans of becoming England’s head coach and also didn’t hold any kind of discussion with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the post.
“Long-time friend and former England captain) Andrew Strauss rang me the day after I resigned… but I have known Andrew Strauss for a long time and that was 14 weeks ago,” Langer said during his speech at an event in Perth on Wednesday (May 25).
“(Apart from that) I’ve never spoken to English cricket (ECB). The thought of coaching England mate,” he added.
The last six months of my coaching career was the most enjoyable period: Justin Langer
Langer took the charge of the Australian team in 2018 just after the infamous Sandpaper Gate saga in the Cape Town Test against South Africa.
In Langer’s final days of coaching period, Australia bagged the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE in November last year and thrashed England 4-0 in the home Ashes series.
Langer was offered a six-month extension contract after his team’s success in the Ashes but the former Australian opener wasn’t pleased with the tenure and immediately stepped down from the role.
“The last six months of my coaching career was my most enjoyable period of 12 years of coaching,” Langer said..
“Not only did we win everything, but I had energy and I had focus and I was happy,” he added.
Andrew McDonald, who was assistant coach to Langer during the latter’s tenure, was elevated to the head coach role on a four-year contract.