Langer to take charge of Australia in Caribbean


Coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed that Justin Langer will take temporary charge of the Australia team during an ODI triangular series in the West Indies next year as he plots the future success of the national side.

Lehmann has confirmed that he will skip the series against West Indies and South Africa to plan for Australia's tour to Sri Lanka and another Ashes series away from home.

The Aussies have a poor record away from home under Lehmann and the coach feels he needs to keep himself fresh for the trips overseas but also said the World T20 is a big target next year.

Lehmann said of winning the Ashes in England: "That's still a burning desire.

"I think we let ourselves down this year, 2013 was a different scenario where we were changing the whole setup, last time was disappointing and you'd love to have a crack at that, but you're guided by results along the way, can't look that far away.

"I'd love us to win on the subcontinent for a start and play better there. The T20 is another one… we're trying to be the most dynamic side we can be in terms of making sure we can play in all conditions.

"You'll only see that when we go away I suppose, New Zealand's going to be different to Australia, the wickets will seam a lot more, then you've got to go to Sri Lanka where they'll spin, so we've got to make them play all round so they can play in all conditions."

Langer is the current coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers in the Australia Big Bash League, and Lehmann is a big admirer of his former teammate in the national side.