Justin Langer lands first job since acrimonious Cricket Australia exit with former Test coach set to swap dressing room for Seven’s commentary box
- Justin Langer will join Seven’s commentary team this summer
- Langer won the T20 World Cup and the Ashes with Australia in the summer
- He resigned in February and was thought to be in the frame for the England job
- He also spoke to Ricky Ponting about coaching the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL
- But the former Australia batsman was overlooked for both roles instead
Justin Langer is reportedly ready to swap the cricket field for the commentary box, with the former Australia batsman set to join Channel Seven this summer.
According to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, the 51-year-old will join former teammates Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich and Damien Fleming in the Seven commentary box.
His new role will also see him rub shoulders with fellow Australia greats Adam Gilchrist, Mark Waugh and Mike Hussey, who are currently part of Fox Cricket’s commentary team.
Former Australia coach Justin Langer is set to swap the cricket field for the commentary box
Seven is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Cricket Australia over its right fees, but will cover Australia’s Test series against the West Indies and Pakistan this summer as well as the women’s series against Pakistan and the Big Bash League.
Langer coached Australia T20 World Cup glory and to a 4-0 drubbing of England in the Ashes, only to resign less than a month after Australia had retained the urn.
The former Australian opener left his role in February after he was not offered the long-term deal he wanted, with Cricket Australia offering a contract to keep in charge only until the end of the 2022 T20 World Cup.
His position had been subject of debate since the summer of 2021, when Australia lost a Test series at home against India and reports of discontent with his methods began to surface.
Langer will join former teammate Ricky Ponting (left) in the commentary box for Seven
Follow his acrimonious exit from the role he’d held since 2018, Langer was emerged as a potential candidate to replace Chris Silverwood as England coach, after the latter was sacked following the 4-0 thrashing in the Ashes.
Langer, however, was reportedly overlooked due to concerns over his coaching style and the desire from England’s newly-appointed director of cricket Rob Key to separate white and red ball duties.
Key eventually picked Brendon McCullum as the Test coach, while former Australian women’s team coach Matthew Mott was appointed as white ball coach.
NewsCorp reported in March that Langer had been approached to coach the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League shortly after Ponting was appointed as head of strategy for the club.
The 51-year-old resigned from his role as Australia’s head coach in February
Some of Australia’s players were reportedly growing unhappy with Langer’s ‘intensity’
The Hurricanes appointed Jeff Vaughan instead and while Ponting revealed that Langer was interested in a return to coaching, he noted his former teammate may have other opportunities on the table.
‘He would like to get back involved again,’ Ponting told The Age.
‘But as things progressed and things got a little bit closer, I think he’s had some other opportunities and exciting things maybe come across his desk that he thinks he might be able to enjoy a little bit more through the course of the summer.
“I’m sure you’ll find out about some of those things over the next little period of time.’