Justin Langer replaces Darren Lehmann as new Australia head coach

Smith Warner and Bancroft were all handed sizeable suspensions for their roles in an attempt to manipulate the ball with yellow sandpaper during a controversial third Test in Cape Town in March

Langer's first assignment is next month's one-day worldwide series against world number one England.

More than a decade after he walked away from Test cricket and a year before he was expected to step into the role of national coach, Justin Langer will formally replace Darren Lehmann at the helm of a bruised Australia men's team.

"I am very excited about the scope I now have to coach the country that supported me so much in my cricketing career", he said.

Langer's first challenge will be an ODI series against England.

The former Test opener has been signed on a four-year deal which will see Australia through to the World Cup and next home Ashes series.

Now, over 11 years have passed since they both stood on the same field in the Test arena, and Langer has been appointed as Darren Lehmann's successor as national coach across all three formats.

He was most recently Australian interim coach in a T20 series against Sri Lanka in 2017, after having been assistant between 2009 and 2012.

Langer comes into the job after dominating domestic cricket in recent years as coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.

He also led the WA Warriors to one-day Cup titles twice, in 2014-15 and 2017-18.

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While an inquiry by Cricket Australia found no involvement of Lehmann in the ball-tampering incident in the third test in Cape Town, Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned from global cricket for a year.

The newly appointed coach had represented Australia in 105 test matches and eight ODIs, scoring 7,696 test runs, including 23 centuries. "Without them, it's going to make winning games a lot more hard".

His team would still play aggressive cricket and sledging will still have its place.

"We modify our behaviours a bit so that it's not angry or not over aggressive but we're still aggressive in the mindset that we play with the bat and the ball".

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"Has he got areas to get better at? We keep helping and mentoring them and if they meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, of course, they will be welcomed back". That's mental toughness, it is about being 100% focussed on the next ball. "I would say, without being in it (at South Africa), camaraderie wasn't as right as it needed to be. There is a difference between competitiveness and aggression and we've got to be careful with that", Langer said.

"There are some big tournaments coming up". But ultimately, if I fast forward it, the Indian Test tour in about three or four years time, to me that's the ultimate.

"We look to encourage great cricketers, but also great people".

"We'll have to work on that", he said.

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