Justin Langer was appointed the head coach for team Australia. He was handed with the task of regaining the past glory of Australia. The Australian team will be facing tough times by the absence of Steven Smith and David Warner till the end of the year. This will be a herculean task for the new coach to mend the ways of the team. He was appointed the coach after the resignation of Darren Lehmann followed by the ball-tampering scandal.
This West Australian coach surpassed Ricky Ponting and Jason Gillespie to get the appointment as the head coach for four years. He has to face the tough times to succeed in his mission. He succeeded Lehmann in many occasions to coach the team in the limited overs format. He coached the team for the tour to West Indies in 2016. This was a clear and tough decision made by the Cricket Australia, according to Chief James Sutherland.
He succeeded Tim Nielsen and Mickey Arthur to coach West Australian team. By the time the team was notorious for poor discipline. This solid player successfully mended the ways to make the team an impressive one. Giving an account of his experiences, he said”When I took over at WA, it was like a dysfunctional family,”
“The ex-players hated the WACA, the WACA hated them back, club cricket hated them, WACA hated them back, media hated the WACA, the WACA hated them back – everyone was angry.”
This former test opener believes that discipline is being over-preached and he should work to simplify the things. “I went in with a clear message and imparted values that I had learned from the great WA and Australian teams,”
“There had to be a buy-in to the values as we hadn’t earned the right yet. The values were based on working hard, respecting the past, looking after mates and celebrating success.”
The cricket Australia banned the mobile phones during training but decided to go for values and hard work than mere implementation of rules. During his term, West Australia won three 50-over titles and in the recent Big Bash League, the Scorchers stood as one of the best teams. Langer was known for his disciplined work culture and supported sledding as an acceptable behavior. He publicly criticized his former teammates like Mike Hussey for leaving scorchers team.
Australian team’s behavior was being criticized in the world media after the ball-tampering scandal and Langer is expected to put the team’s discipline on track. He was one of the members of Australian team during their golden era. Australian cricket team is in a critical position as it was dropped from its place in the limited overs rankings. Langer is believed to be called as the head coach at the right moment and that he will guide the team in the right way for the World cup 2019.