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Justin Langer

Justin Langer never spoke with England about coaching job

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Former Australia coach Justin Langer has revealed he never spoke to England about their then-vacant coaching position.

Langer resigned from his role with Australia earlier this year, bringing an end to a topsy-turvy reign as coach that was highlighted with a successful ICC Men's T20 World Cup campaign in 2021.

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Langer's departure coincided with the sacking of Chris Silverwood, with the former England coach losing his job immediately after England’s disastrous Ashes campaign in Australia. 

A host of England greats immediately called for Langer to be considered as Silverwood’s replacement, with former skipper Nasser Hussain claiming the Australian was "the type of character England need at the moment", while Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan said there was nobody "better suited than Justin Langer" to coach England.

But as Langer revealed during his speech as keynote speaker at a Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA event in his home town of Perth on Wednesday, the Australian didn't even consider taking up the job that Kiwi great Brendon McCullum eventually won.

"(Long-time friend and former England captain) Andrew Strauss rang me the day after I resigned... but I have known Andrew Strauss for a long time and that was 14 weeks ago," Langer said.

"(Apart from that) I've never spoken to English cricket.

"The thought of coaching England … mate!"

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Langer said the final six months of his time in charge of Australia was the most fulfilling, with the Ashes drubbing of England and the T20 World Cup victory the standouts.

"The last six months of my coaching career was my most enjoyable period of 12 years of coaching," he said.

"Not only did we win everything, but I had energy and I had focus and I was happy."

Langer said he is enjoying being back home in Perth and he is yet to decide what the future holds.

The former Australia opener did indicate that staying in Western Australia and spending time with his family was his priority at the moment.

"I love WA," he said.

"I love being home. I haven't been home for 31 years."


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