If reports are believed to be true, then Langer has softened up his stance to become England’s head coach very soon. Langer and Cricket Australia were the hot topics months ago when the former coach offered his resignation in anger as he was not happy with the short-term contract despite an impressive CV that has a T20 world Cup win and Ashes victory for Australia.
According to a report in Dailymail, Langer initially was hesitant about the idea of coaching England, however, the source mentions that the former Australian coach is softening to the idea of coaching arch-rivals.
Langer’s intense style and personality irked a number of senior Australian players which is why he did not receive endorsement from the new captain Pat Cummins in the public domain. His style of coaching has however received praises from former England cricketers who believe that it could be the only thing that can turn around England’s dismissal performance in the test arena.
England was brutally hammered by 4 – 0 in last year’s Ashes and the ax was wielded upon Chris Silverwood, Graham Thorpe, and Ashley Giles. Interim managing director Sir Andrew Strauss took some harsh decisions and also left out Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson from the West Indies tour for their lackluster performance in Australia.
Earlier, the likes of Gary Kirsten were also in talks with the ECB and the former South African cricketer public acknowledged that coaching England would be an ‘honor’. Apart from Kirsten, there is Gillespie, Ottis Gibson, and Paul Collingwood have reportedly shown interest in coaching the English side. Collingwood was the interim coach when England lost both the T20 and Test series against the West Indies.
ECB looking for a permanent candidate for the managing director role
Sir Andrew Strauss has been handling the managing director role ever since the resignation given by Ashley Giles. The ECB however, is keen to look for a permanent candidate and the likes of Marcus North, Rob Key, and Ed Smith are the top contenders for the post. Strauss has already emphasized the need for separate coaches for the different formats. Langer on the other hand had expressed a desire to continue coaching the Australian side in all three formats. If Langer is appointed for the coaching role, it would be interesting to see how the adjustment that the two parties will makeover coaching in different formats.