Langer takes reins of Australia after scandal

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Newly appointed Australia coach Justin Langer will charge his players with winning back the "respect" of the cricket world after a ball-tampering scandal left the team's reputation in ruins. He is expected to build a strong team with good character. Rather than the bannedSteven Smith, Langer will work alongside the Test captain Tim Paine and a limited-overs captain yet to be named.

Langer who retired from worldwide cricket in 2007 has signed a four-year deal.

In less than six years as coach of Western Australia‚ where he lives by mantras like "no a**sholes" and "character over cover drives"‚ Langer has engineered five white-ball titles and trips to two Sheffield Shield finals.

"We'll learn from what's happened", he said.

"In addition to professional development opportunities, this plan has included several coaches stepping into the head role to relieve Darren at times, and to also provide support roles, including Justin, and forms part of our long running succession planning process". As an worldwide cricketer, Justin was a proud and courageous competitor who gave his all for his country. "We keep helping and mentoring them and if they meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, of course, they will be welcomed back".

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli's Team India will be traveling to Australia later this year for a full-fledged tour, consisting three-match T20I and ODI series on either side of a four-match Test series. Has every single person in Australian cricket?

He is without the country's two premier batsmen and has a rookie captain at the helm in Tim Paine, who only a year ago was considering retirement and unable to command a regular game with Tasmania. Langer believes that a victory in India will be an indelible redemption for the emotionally scarred national team. How this will square with the new direction charted by Paine remains to be seen.

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Langer was endorsed as Lehmann's replacement by the Cricket Australia board of directors on Wednesday night. He is now in-charge of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers.

"I'd like to especially thank my family for being with me on this journey and for supporting me in accepting this position".

"To me that's worth more than all the gold in the world", he said.

"What I know is we should be very‚ very proud of our history of Australian cricket‚" Langer told reporters at his unveiling on Thursday.

"The (Australian) public will be disappointed if we don't play good, hard, competitive cricket".

Langer's maiden assignment as Lehmann's successor will be next month's Qantas Tour of the United Kingdom, comprising of five-match ODI series and a one-off T20I against England. Meanwhile, CA has confirmed Justin Langer as Head Coach.

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