Langer: Australia coaching job could be ‘complicated’


Justin Langer said it could be “complicated” to become the next coach Australia with all the sacrifices involved and he would first have a long think about it, if he offered the job.

Western Australia coach Langer is one of the favourites to replace Darren Lehmann after the latter resigned following the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the Aussies on their recent tour in South Africa.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and Jason Gillespie have also been mentioned as possible successors to Lehmann but Langer has built up a good record in domestic cricket with Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL).

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Langer told the PerthNow publication: “If the opportunity came up, there would be a lot to consider.

“The complication is that I love my job. I love my job here. I love being on the board of the West Coast Eagles (football team). I love being with my family all the time.

“(Coaching Australia) would mean (travelling) 11 months of the year. I love working at WACA, and working with the Scorchers. My family is all in Perth.

“I am a Perth boy and I love being home. So that’s why it is complicated. I’m also involved with five or six charities here in WA. And walking away from all that is not that easy to do. I have a great life as we speak.”

Langer has had a taste of the job when he took charge of the national side for the ODI tour of the West Indies in 2016 when Lehmann took some time off.

That decision showed that Langer is held in high regard by the Cricket Australia (CA) board.