Justin Langer to coach Australia in T20I series against Sri Lanka
The 46-year-old already has the experience of coaching the Australian team during the One-Day International tri-series involving South Africa and West Indies in the absence of Darren Lehmann.
With the third T20I against Sri Lanka scheduled on 22nd February - just a day before the first Test against India begins in Pune, Lehmann along with the Test squad will require time to prepare for another gruelling tour in the sub-continent.
Cricket Australia Executive General Manager - Team Performance Pat Howard is confident of Langer's ability to handle to the squad.
“We are delighted that Justin has agreed to undertake the role of acting Head Coach for the Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka. We would also like to thank WACA for their support in releasing Justin.
“He did a terrific job in the Caribbean in June when he stepped in for Darren Lehmann during the successful tri-series and so is already familiar with the working environment around the Australia team.
“He brings a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach and his record in helping the Perth Scorchers to a sustained level of success in the KFC Big Bash League means he fits the bill in all ways.”
Langer is currently the head coach of Western Australia and had high success with the Perth Scorchers team in the Big Bash League. He is now looking forward to work with some exciting talents of the Australian T20 squad.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with the national side in the Caribbean earlier this year and so I am excited and very grateful to get this opportunity to do it again, this time with the Twenty20 International squad against Sri Lanka.
“Twenty20 International cricket is the one format in which Australia is yet to win a global tournament so every chance we get to play it and develop our skills is very significant. That means these three matches will be hugely important.
“The advantage myself and the players will have is that the series will come just over two weeks after the KFC Big Bash League wraps up so we should all still be in Twenty20 mode.
“And with several senior players set to be in India ahead of the Test series, it really will give players an added incentive to perform in the upcoming KFC BBL to put their names forward for selection in the Sri Lanka series.
“Thanks to the officials at the Western Australia Cricket Association for giving me the chance to take on this challenge and thanks, too, to Cricket Australia for having faith in me to do it.”
The three T20Is will be played on 17th, 19th and 22nd February in Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide respectively.
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