Last update: July 30, 2022, 00:37 AM IST
Perth: Former Australian men’s coach Justin Langer will join Channel Seven’s commentary team for the upcoming Home Summer of Cricket.
The 51-year-old wanted to continue coaching Australia’s men’s team long-term, but was only offered a six-month contract extension in February after a strained relationship with players and staff over the past 15 months.
Rather than accept a short-term extension, Langer opted to step down as national coach. After his resignation, speculation continued whether he would take up a coaching role in England or with a team in the Big Bash League.
Finally, Langer’s move was announced on Friday after much anticipation when he turned down the chance to coach the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL, reports ESPNcricinfo.
Close friend Ricky Ponting – who is also a Channel Seven commentator – had already followed Langer to coach the Hurricanes, then appointed himself head of strategy. But Ponting confirmed last week that Langer had decided against a short-term return to coaching, and will now comment on the players he coached for four years.
Langer’s decision to join commentary will likely cause some intrigue as he comments on the team he left earlier this year in messy circumstances.
Australia’s next Test assignment will be a two-match home series against the West Indies starting in Perth in late November, with Langer likely to make his commentary debut.
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