Justin Langer’s no lay down misere to replace Darren Lehmann

David Lord Columnist

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    It came as no surprise the West Australian newspaper trumpeted that Justin Langer will be named the new Australia cricket coach tomorrow after a Cricket Australia board meeting.

    It’s just not going to happen.

    Langer is certainly a top contender, but there are other considerations like Jason Gillespie, Ricky Ponting, and Brad Haddin, so CA isn’t in a hurry to make a decision.

    One thing for sure, once CA gets cracking the new coach sure won’t be from overseas.

    South African Mickey Arthur has been the only overseas Australian coach, and that ended in tears with ‘Homework-gate’, which saw Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson suspended from a Test in India in 2013.

    That prompted the then-Australian captain Michael Clarke to describe Watson as a tumour in the team, and Johnson later went on to say the team became toxic under Clarke’s captaincy.

    Clarke was dead-set wrong, but Johnson was right on the money, and that was the atmosphere Lehmann took over with the sacking of Arthur.

    The new coach will take over in another tense atmosphere since Lehmann has pulled the coat a year early after the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa.

    With no Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who are suspended, and a new captain in keeper Tim Paine, the incoming coach will have his hands full.

    That elevates Ponting in the pecking order.

    Currently he’s coaching the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, and drawing praise for his coaching methods, especially in the way he’s changed England opening batsman Jason Roy into a world-class twenty20 performer.

    Ponting has that happy knack, but Langer and Gillespie have the same claim to fame, leaving Haddin as the outsider of the quartet.

    That’s not to say Haddin wouldn’t be a success given the chance, but his coaching CV has been limited to fielding at this stage, and that’s not enough for the top job.

    Langer has a big problem.

    He’s very much the family man, and while he’s living in hometown Perth and so successfully coaching the Western Australian teams in all formats, the thought of being away from home for 10 to 11 months a year may not suit his lifestyle.

    The Australian coaching commitment is all-consuming, living out of a suitcase.

    If that’s the case, Ponting for the Tests and either Langer or Gillespie for the one-dayers could surface.

    Or a different mixture of the talented trio.

    But Gillespie must be slotted in somewhere after his outstanding successes overseas.

    He first coached Zimbabwe in 2010 before taking Yorkshire from second division into the top flight in 2011 ending with County Championship success in 2014 and 2015 that put him in line to coach England.

    Eventually went to another Australian in Trevor Bayliss, but Gillespie ran him close.

    He’s now head coach at Sussex, but there’s no doubt the county would release him if he won the Australian job.

    These are tense times, requiring the correct decisions.

    Cricket Australia can count itself fortunate to have such quality available, and eager to move forward.

    Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer, and Jason Gillespie are all positive people with big shoulders.

    They’ll need them.

    David Lord
    David Lord

    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn't get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world's great sporting spectacles

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    • April 19th 2018 @ 9:58am
      Brasstax said | April 19th 2018 @ 9:58am | ! Report

      Hmmm

    • Roar Guru

      April 19th 2018 @ 10:13am
      Anindya Dutta said | April 19th 2018 @ 10:13am | ! Report

      Of the three, from both a culture perspective and competence in coaching Dizzy wins my vote. I think Ponting could do the job well and I have great respect for him but he would also be pretty close to the pattern that’s been followed.

    • April 19th 2018 @ 10:46am
      George said | April 19th 2018 @ 10:46am | ! Report

      Oh dear, David’s love affair with Haddin rears its head again.

      Shouldn’t the idea be to move away from the boorish, boys’ club, slog-from-ball-one, sledging mentality?

      • Columnist

        April 19th 2018 @ 2:48pm
        David Lord said | April 19th 2018 @ 2:48pm | ! Report

        George, what a pity you didn’t read my copy before you criticised Brad Haddin’s name being mentioned – in passing, and out of contention.

    • April 19th 2018 @ 10:57am
      Big Daddy said | April 19th 2018 @ 10:57am | ! Report

      David,
      Wouldn’t the fair and ethical way to be is to actually advertise this position or is it the same old closed door approach.
      Following the recent debacle a whole new approach should be taken.

      • Roar Guru

        April 19th 2018 @ 11:01am
        JamesH said | April 19th 2018 @ 11:01am | ! Report

        Just show some initiative and send them your CV, Big Daddy.

        • Columnist

          April 19th 2018 @ 3:03pm
          David Lord said | April 19th 2018 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

          Big Daddy, in a perfect world Ricky Ponting wold be the perfect selection, outsiders won’t work.

          The modern day international coach is virtually the captain of the team – off the field.

          That’s where Ponting has a big head start, having led the baggy greens in 77 Tests for a winning percentage of 62.33, and captained the ODI side 76 times for a winning percentage of 76.14.

          Ponting knows all about leadership and communication.

          The current Australian Test side copped such a massive uppercut in South Africa there’s no way they can ever take the field again the way they did before with sledging and ball-tampering high on the agenda.

          Cricket Australia, and the new coach, will be making it crystal clear to the team where the boundaries of behaviour are from the new get-go.

          • Roar Guru

            April 19th 2018 @ 3:25pm
            spruce moose said | April 19th 2018 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

            Ponting actually captained the side 228 times in ODIs. Win record of 72% – so you got 1 mark out of 2 there.

            http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/story/508548.html

            A far cry better than the days of claiming Bradman had a S/R of 71….but still needs much work.

          • April 19th 2018 @ 5:05pm
            Paul said | April 19th 2018 @ 5:05pm | ! Report

            You comment about the coach being the off field captain is so wide of the mark, David. I can guarantee Virat Kohli is the captain on and off the field and the same goes for guys like Faf and Williamson.

            It does however, highlight an issue that every side needs to address and that is, who is the leader of the side?

            In the 70’s when Simmo was appointed coach, he was the de facto captain in everything but name however, once Border came of age as a skipper, he made it very clear he was the leader on and off the field. All captains since then until at least until Clarke, have been the leader, but Boof seems to have changed that dynamic in recent times, so it’s a good thing he’s gone.

            CA, Paine (as our current captain) and the coach (my money’s on Gillespie), need to get this right from day one, then get buy-in from the public and players. You can’t have Paine as a captain and someone in the background pulling the strings as this leads to zero accountability which is how we got into the current mess.

      • April 19th 2018 @ 1:53pm
        Marshall said | April 19th 2018 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

        Agree they should put in on Seek.

    • April 19th 2018 @ 11:41am
      Brasstax said | April 19th 2018 @ 11:41am | ! Report

      Anil Kumble or Saurav Ganguly wouldn’t be bad options. I think we need a foreign coach for some time just to ensure that the boys club does not become active again and both these individuals demand respect both as players and what they achieved and are no nonsense blokes.

      Rahul Dravid also comes to mind. All three are very fluent in English and know most if not all the contracted players through the IPL and A tours.

      The reason i chose Indians is because i do not see a Pom becoming ga coach. The last time we had a SA coach we had homeworkgate and the other teams are simply too weak and do not command too many recent ex players of similar stature and who are fluent in English.

      Kumar Sangakkara could be a worthy exception.

      • April 19th 2018 @ 1:28pm
        mickey of mo$man said | April 19th 2018 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

        no thanks

      • April 19th 2018 @ 3:32pm
        Jackpott said | April 19th 2018 @ 3:32pm | ! Report

        If you are going to go for an overseas coach the person who should be considered is Gary Kirsten.

        The advantage he has is that he is respected in the sub continent by both Sri Lanka and India.

        If there is any problems between the teams then you need someone who has the ability to put out these fires.

        Cricket cannot afford another scandal.

      • April 19th 2018 @ 5:08pm
        Paul said | April 19th 2018 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

        I’d have no issue with any of these guys being a batting or bowling coach but there’s way more to be the national coach than just that and I think we have plenty of other candidates who could meet these other roles more successfully.

    • April 19th 2018 @ 12:22pm
      Damo said | April 19th 2018 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

      Not a big fan of the Perth reporter who may have ‘broken’ this story about Langer being in prime position. I’d more likely believe Tim Gossage’s tweets saying no offer has even been provided. The meeting on Friday is purely to determine the process of selecting the new coach.

      Sure, Langer is an option but so are a few others. I think it’s far from a lay down mesire.

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