Justin Langer a ‘good fit’ to be England head coach, says Australia great Adam Gilchrist

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Ex-Australia head coach Justin Langer looks on

Justin Langer has been linked with the vacant England head coach role (Picture: Getty)

Adam Gilchrist has described Justin Langer as a ‘good fit’ for England, though feels his former team-mate may need more time to ‘heal’ after resigning as Australia head coach.

Langer rejected Cricket Australia’s offer of a short-term contract extension and announced that he would be leaving the position earlier this month, just weeks after steering the side to a dominant 4-0 Ashes victory over England.

The 51-year-old took over the role in May 2018 and also enjoyed success with the T20 team, leading Aaron Finch and Co on a triumphant World Cup campaign last year.

Australia legends Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden and Gilchrist – who all played with Langer – have joined in criticising Cricket Australia’s handling of the situation in the fallout.

Langer has since been mooted as a possible candidate for the vacant England head coach role, with Paul Collingwood leading the Test side on an interim basis following Chris Silverwood’s departure.

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Speaking to The Barmy Army’s The Shackles Are Off podcast, Gilchrist suggested Langer could be the best man to take England forward alongside Joe Root and Ben Stokes.

Asked what the future holds for Langer, Gilchrist replied: ‘I don’t think he’s going to be short of opportunities, so he needs to work that out.

‘I don’t say this in a provocative sense, but I do look at the setup at the moment with England and think he would be a good fit.

‘It would be awesome to see Justin Langer working with Ben Stokes. The work ethic from Stokes is on par with Justin Langer’s and that would be intriguing to see what could grow and develop and sprout from that.

‘And Joe Root as captain I think would benefit from a figure like Justin alongside him.’

Ex-Australia star Adam Gilchrist looks on

Gilchrist said Langer had been ‘painted as a monster’ earlier this month (Picture: Getty)

Gilchrist believes Langer may need more time to consider his options after his painful departure as Australia head coach.

‘It just might be a bit soon,’ the ex-Australia wicket-keeper-batsman added.

‘He’s been hurt, you don’t need to be Einstein to work that out.

‘He needs a bit of time to heal and dust himself off and work out whether he sees himself as a career coach or was coaching Australia the pinnacle and he now wants to go off and do a number of other things.’

Australian batsmen Justin Langer (L) and Adam Gilc

Langer is a ‘good fit’ for England, according to former team-mate Gilchrist (Picture: Getty)

Australia captain Pat Cummins has stopped short of criticising Langer, but admitted he was keen to head in a ‘different direction’ while addressing the media earlier this month.

‘To speak about a decision, which was yet to be made and which is for Cricket Australia to make, would have put Cricket Australia and the team in an impossible position. I’d never do that.

‘Now that a decision has been made by Justin to resign and given his own public comments and others by Cricket Australia, I can provide some clarity.

‘Justin has acknowledged that his style was intense. And it was. He has apologised to players and staff for his intensity. I think the apology was unnecessary because the players were OK with JL’s intensity.

‘It came from a good place – his fierce love of Australia and the baggy green – something which has served Australian cricket well for three decades.

‘A big theme this summer was to be more calm, more composed.

‘That’s been the feedback from the players, staff and Cricket Australia that that’s the direction we want to take the team.’


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