Klinger: Australia ‘in very good hands’ with Langer as coach

Michael Klinger has no doubt that the Australia team will improve in the near future and are in good hands under the guidance of head coach Justin Langer.

Klinger first worked under Langer when he joined Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers in 2014 and the batsman enjoyed success – with the bat and with the team – with the former Australia opener in charge.

Langer is now overseeing the Australia national side – having taken over from Darren Lehmann – that is having a tough time on and off the field following the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa in March.

With their two best batsmen – David Warner and Steve Smith – currently serving bans, Langer has been forced to pick inexperienced players and has gone on to lose a Test and a T20 series against Pakistan in the UAE while they were also second best in the recent three-match ODI series at home against South Africa.

Klinger however feels Langer just needs a bit of time to stamp his authority onthe team and the Aussies will come right.

Speaking to Cricket365, Klinger said: “They (Australia) are going through some challenges but the one thing I know is that they are in very good hands with the coach Justin Langer – who was my coach at Western Australia and the Scorchers.

“I think going forward they will improve. It might take a bit of time because they have got quite and inexperienced squad – without guys like Smith and Warner – but you will see improvement under Justin Langer’s guidance.”

Australia face the Proteas in a one-off T20I on Saturday before India arrive Down Under for three T20Is, three Tests and three ODIs later this month until late in January.

By Nasri Alexander