The upcoming tri-series in the Caribbean featuring Australia, South Africa and hosts West Indies promises to be a thrilling affair. The three teams are genuinely entertaining outfits and in the shorter format, any team can outperform the other on its day. The focus though will be more on Australia, as the Kangaroos brace for the series in the absence of regular head coach Darren Lehmann.
Owing to a hectic international schedule and commitments, Lehmann has been granted a break by Cricket Australia (CA). Temporarily replacing Lehmann, will be his former teammate and one of Australia’s greatest test openers, Justin Langer. Langer is no alien to coaching, as the southpaw has successfully coached Western Australia in the past. In his chat with cricket.com.au, Langer admitted that coaching Australia is always an aspiration for him.
“I think the natural progression would be to one day coach the Australian cricket team, or certainly that would be an aspiration,” Langer said. “But I also know, having lived that life for so long, that you’re away from home for 11 months of the year and I also don’t think we can under-estimate the importance of the role I’m doing at the moment as the head coach of one of the state teams. “So who knows what will happen in the future. “Certainly this West Indies tour I’m looking forward to it, but I’m doing it with the respect it deserves,” said an upbeat Langer.
Focusing on his role in a little more specification, Langer added, “I’m helping Darren out, I’m going to make sure the ship keeps running nice and smoothly in his absence and I think that’s the respect I can give him, it’s the respect I would expect if someone else was doing for me what I’m doing for him. “Boof’s doing a great job, I really admire how he’s going about his business and if I can help him for a few weeks then I’m happy to do that.”