Smith: Langer will do things differently to Lehmann


Australia captain Steve Smith feels Justin Langer will have a different approach to Darren Lehmann when the former opening batsman takes temporary charge of the national side.

Langer, who is currently in charge of domestic side Western Australia, will take over the reins for the ODI triangular series against hosts West Indies and South Africa while Lehmann gets a break from the game.

The Aussie skipper is expecting things to be done differently under Langer, who played 105 Tests for the Aussies before calling it a day in 2007.

Smith told foxsports: "The Western Australia boys have big raps on him, and they love what he brings to their team. I'm sure he'll be fantastic around the Australian boys as well.

"JL's (Justin Langer) a bit of a fitness freak and very intense with that, whereas Boof's (Lehmann) probably the opposite. He'd probably prefer to be out drinking a beer somewhere."

Smith also recalled how, when Langer was a consultant with the national side, during Mickey Arthur's regime as coach the former left-hander help shape up his game at the highest level.

The Aussie captain said: "I was always playing on my front foot back then, and that was getting me in trouble. He got me on the path of developing a back foot, we did a lot work on that and it certainly helped."