Cricket Australia (CA) received a telling blow with the recent ball-tampering saga which unfolded in South Africa. Subsequently, the Board handed a one-year suspension to the Australian leadership group duo; Steven Smith, and David Warner.
Not only does it hamper Australian batting attack for the next few months but it is a substantial loss considering the wealth of experience the two gathered over the years.
Further, Australian coach Darren Lehmann also resigned from his coveted position in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident.
However, Australian Board was quick to appoint long-time Western Australia and Perth Scorcher coach Justin Langer as the chief coach.
“I’m just so pleased that Australian cricket is going to be in such good hands He’s got the best job in the world, and I know it’s a job that I’ll miss because I loved every minute of it,” Darren Lehmann told cricket.co.au.
The first job for the former Australian opener is to regroup and prepare his national team for the 2019 World Cup. This is supposed to be done in the absence of their batting mainstays.
“But this is a time that Australian cricket needs to move forward and they couldn’t have a better person to lead them now.” added the former coach of Australia, scheduled to work with the team until the World Cup in England next year.
Winning at home is also paramount: Lehmann
Langer has a prestigious record of winning several Big Bash League (BBL) titles as a coach of the Perth Scorchers.
Darren Lehmann suggested that the southpaw is excited about his upcoming assignment of taking Australian cricket in the right direction.
“He spoke passionately about how he wants them to play, and he’s going to find the right balance that works best for that group. There’s no doubt that the toughest time in that job is when the team’s not winning,” said Lehmann.
However, according to his recent statements, Langer focused on winning matches outside Australia.
“As he said in his media conference, winning away from home is the ambition for every team, but winning at home is also paramount. Winning away is everyone’s aspiration, but if you don’t win at home that starts to present its own challenges,” concluded Lehmann.