If reports are believed to be true, then it could be bad news for the Australian crowd and Cricket Australia as Justin Langers is considering becoming the head coach of the England men’s cricket team. The coach was involved in high-octane drama with Cricket Australia over the renewal of his coaching contract.
In an interview given to The Telegraph, Langer has expressed his interest in coaching the England side. Collingwood is the interim head coach under whom England recently lost the third test match and therefore the series.
Justin Langer had a remarkable career with the Australian team
Langer was appointed as the coach in 2018 after the sandpaper scandal. There were talks of rift between him and the players after Australia lost the home series against India in early 2021, however, the coach turned the tables around in a big way when Australia won their maiden T20 World cup and the Ashes which was almost one-sided.
Nothing could be harder to digest for Cricket Australia than seeing Langer coaching the English side. Cricket Australia was keen on offering only a short-term contract to Langer whereas the former coach wanted a long-term role for years. Former cricketers including the likes of Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, and Ricky Pointing rooted for Langer and slammed Pat Cummins for not endorsing support to their former coach publicly.
England is keen to fill the vacant head coach position by April. Former English cricketers have lent support to Vaughan for becoming England’s coach. There are reports that Collingwood has expressed his interest in coaching the English side, however, his role is likely to be limited to the shorter formats if he is handed the coaching role.
England suffered a bruising defeat in the third test against West Indies where they were bundled out for 204 and 120 runs in their first and second innings respectively. And there are voices in English cricket that wants to overhaul the structure of the English test cricket. But doing so may require a tough voice and the likes of Vaughan have already said before that Langer could be the right man to tame England into a more aggressive team, especially when they tour.