A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Justin Langer appointed as new coach of Western Australia

Langer will start his coaching duties with Western Australia after the national team’s Test series against South Africa

Australia batting coach Justin Langer is set to leave his position after he was appointed as the new coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.

Langer was noted to be the “preferred candidate” for the job after former Western Australia coach Lachlan Stevens recently resigned.

However, before he takes up his duties with Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers, Langer will remain as Australia’s batting coach for the remainder of their Test series against South Africa.

Langer has been searching for a senior coaching role in domestic teams around the world for some time now and was even in talks with English county side Somerset about becoming their new director of cricket.

A few days before the start of the first Test between Australia and South Africa at Brisbane, Western Australia Cricket Association chief executive Christina Matthews said: “We respect Justin has a very important job to do over the next five days assisting the Australian team in what is a vital match against the world’s number one Test team, We will therefore allow him to concentrate on that task before we intend to speak with him about the position of Warriors and Scorchers Head Coach, and hope to make a positive announcement shortly after the completion of the Brisbane Test.”

Matthews also confirmed that Adam Voges would be captaining Western Australia for the rest of the 2012-2013 season.

“Adam has served as vice-captain of the Warriors since 2007-08 and in that time he has skippered the team on a number of occasions in the absence of Marcus North, he is an outstanding leader and we are of the firm belief that he is the best man to lead the Warriors for the rest of the summer,” Matthews added.

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