Langer in line as top Test coach

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

JUSTIN Langer ap­pears set for a sig­nif­i­cant pro­mo­tion in the Aus­tralian coach­ing ranks, with the former Test opener pen­cilled in to deputise for Dar­ren Lehmann as head coach in se­lected white ball tour­na­ments in the fu­ture.

Ap­proaches have also been made to Test great Ricky Ponting about contributing to the na­tional side as a coach­ing ad­viser, as Cricket Aus­tralia looks to se­cure the ser­vices of the best minds in the coun­try.

Lehmann is com­mit­ted to be­ing the boss un­til at least 2017 and has no in­ten­tion of walk­ing away.

But blood­ing Langer on a tem­po­rary ba­sis in­di­cates that the West Aus­tralian coach is be­ing groomed for the full­time po­si­tion, with CA get­ting se­ri­ous about suc­ces­sion plan­ning.

“I think you have to take breaks as play­ers do as well at cer­tain stages and find the right bal­ance,” Lehmann said of the need for him to take spells from time to time.

“That goes for all staff not just me. If you find that great bal­ance and you can man­age to get some more time at home the more you do the role, then it be­comes a lit­tle bit eas­ier to ( stay in the job) for a pe­riod of time.”

Langer, who made 23 Test cen­turies be­fore be­ing ap­pointed as Aus­tralian bat­ting coach, is re­garded as the best coach in the do­mes­tic sys­tem.

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