Justin Langer replaces Darren Lehmann as new Australia head coach

Disgraced Cameron Bancroft is facing a ban from club cricket due to a technicality

Disgraced Cameron Bancroft is facing a ban from club cricket due to a technicality

Cricket Australia on Thursday named Justin Langer as the successor to Darren Lehman.

Langer was announced as the replacement for former coach Darren Lehmann by Cricket Australia on Thursday, May 5.

"Speaking on his appointment, Langer said", I am very excited about the scope I now have to coach the country that supported me so much in my cricketing career.

"There will be some significant challenges ahead for our group, but there is a wealth of talent in Australian cricket that I know will do us all proud, "he said".

The former opening batsman, who represented Australia in 105 Tests and eight ODIs before retiring in 2007, will be part of two Ashes series, World Cup in 2019 and World T20 in 2020.

Langer's tenure includes next year's World Cup, two Ashes series and a World T20 on home soil but he has identified victory on Australia's next Test tour of India as the number one long-term goal.

Despite widespread criticism of player behaviour, Langer, who will sit on the panel of Rick McCosker's player-led review of team culture, did not believe an overhaul of Australia's aggressive playing style was necessary but accepted modifications were required. But they are great kids ... we have all made mistakes, we can all get better at things.

The absence of Australia's seasoned campaigners - Steve Smith and David Warner, who are serving a one-year ban each following the infamous ball-tampering scandal, is expected to give the visitors the edge.

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Warner was found to have been the instigator in the plan to tamper with the ball in the third test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Langer, who played 105 Tests and eight One-Day Internationals in a decorated career spanning nearly 20 years, has had prior experience at a coaching level with the men's national side. "So we if we can encourage great people and great Australians over the next four years, I think that's a really important foundation for us".

When local media asked Langer if he would leave the door open to Smith, Warner and Bancroft returning, he said "of course, they will be welcomed back". "We will judge ourselves on whether we're a great cricket team if we beat India in India", he added.

CA did not talk about Ponting, it is assumed that Langer will oversee Australian team in all three formats of the game for the Kangaroos.

Langer said Australia need to look for the positives in the game's history as they try to put a dark period behind them.

"If you can build your depth and you have great, great players coming in it's a pretty exciting time".

"The plan has allowed us to consider several worthy candidates, but Justin was the clear standout, particularly based on his recent coaching and player development achievements", he added.

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