Langer in line as top Test coach
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.