Reports: Justin Langer in running to become England's next head coach

Reports: Justin Langer in running to become England’s next head coach

Reportedly, Langer had earlier denied crossing the line to not complicate things.

Justin Langer
Australia coach Justin Langer. (Photo by Albert Perez – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

After stepping down as Australia’s head coach post the Ashes series, Justin Langer has been broadly considered to fill in the vacancy in the England team. England’s Test team has been going through a bad phase after their multiple defeats in the current WTC cycle. The role of the team’s head coach is vacant and Langer could just be the right fit.

After England was thrashed in the Ashes series by Australia, Chris Silverwood was sacked from his duties and responsibilities as the head coach, and the board hasn’t found his replacement so far. Langer had also quit his job with Cricket Australia, quoting lack of support from staff and senior players as the major reason behind his decision.

As per a report by Daily Mail, it has come to notice that Langer is considering the offer of joining Team England. Previously, Nasser Hussain had stated that Langer is the type of character that the English team currently needs. Even Michael Vaughan had commented upon the idea saying nobody was better suited than Langer for the job.

It was reported earlier that Justin Langer did not want to cross the line by shifting his role and working for England, as he did not want to complicate things. However, he is willing to discuss the proceedings further now if the reports are to be believed.

The Managing Director’s post is also vacant at the ECB

The ECB is also in search of a new Managing Director. Once their search is completed, the person in charge will be able to make a decision of appointing a head coach.  The top potential candidates for the managerial post are Marcus North, Rob Key, and Ed Smith. Whoever is appointed, his first job would be to decide whether to divide the roles and responsibilities of the white-ball cricket and the red-ball cricket.

The decision might as well be reviewed, as Langer fulfilled his role across all formats and had denied any and all requests of dividing the duties. Thus, if Langer takes over, it will be interesting to see if he gets the full-time duty of all the formats of the game, or the head coach job is split across red and white-ball formats.