Cricket Australia denies reports of Justin Langer as next coach

Justin Langer is set to replace Darren Lehman as Australian cricket coach after the Cape Town ball-tampering fiasco last month

Amid reports in the Australian media that Former Aussie batsman Justin Langer has nearly been finalized for the role and waiting for ratification, Cricket Australia has set the record straight in its official statement.

Cricket Australia has denied reports that former test opener Justin Langer will replace Darren Lehmann as the national coach.

Journalist John Townsend revealed on Wednesday that the Cricket Australia board are set to meet on Friday to finalise the appointment.

File image of Justin Langer.

Langer, who has always been seen as the successor to Lehmann, has served as interim head coach of Australia's limited-overs team on several occasions.

'The board meeting on Friday will determine the process for appointing the next Australian coach, ' they told the West Australian.


"We expect to have a clearer understanding of the approach and appointment timelines following this meeting", it added.

Lehmann was due to leave his post after the 2019 Ashes series but cut short his tenure following the ball-tampering saga in South Africa, which saw captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft banned.

The 105-test legend, who was always a fan favourite to take on the country's top job, won the race against former teammates Ricky Ponting and Jason Gillespie, who were also high on the list of potential suitors.

Langer has coached Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers for the past five seasons, winning three Big Bash League crowns and two one-day titles. Lehmann had resigned as Australia coach following the ball-tampering scandal that erupted in Cape Town in March.

However, with pressure on Australia to shake up the team culture from the top, and with CEO James Sutherland suggesting that "amongst global cricket there are a number of coaches that are performing very well", CA could keep its options open.

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