Justin Langer joins Channel Seven’s commentary panel after turning down coaching role in BBL
Justin Langer previously served as the head coach for Australia from May 2018 to February 2022.
Updated - Jul 30, 2022 4:01 pm
Former Australian head coach Justin Langer has reportedly joined Channel Seven’s commentary panel and his duties in the role are expected to start with Australia’s two-match home Test series against West Indies in November this year. Langer was pursued by Ricky Ponting to coach the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL. However, he turned down the opportunity. Ponting is the head of strategy for the Hobart Hurricanes.
Langer previously served as the Australian head coach from the period of May 2018 to February 2022 until he was offered only a six-month contract which he was not happy with. The 51-year-old had to face conflicts during his time as a head coach for Australia with some players reportedly not pleased with his methods of coaching. However, Langer was quite successful as he helped Australia thrash England 4-0 in the Ashes and win the T20 World Cup 2021 last year.
I am now delighted to be given the opportunity to commentate: Justin Langer
Langer mentioned that Test cricket has been close to his heart since his childhood and was happy to take up the role in the commentary panel after his time in the coaching setup previously. He highlighted the significance of BBL in his life and was excited about working with the Australian legends in the panel. It has to be noted that Channel Seven is available only in Australia and the commentary is broadcast within the country.
“Test cricket has been a part of my life since I was a little kid. Having been fortunate to have played and coached in the Test arena, I am now delighted to be given the opportunity to commentate on the game I love, with a great company and team at Seven,” Langer was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.
“The BBL was also a pivotal part of my life, so I am excited to be involved again this summer,” he added. It will be interesting to see the analysis of Langer on the players that he coached as it might bring a lot of different insights.