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A puzzled but excited Alfie Langer has today declared that he will do his best to bring the Australian cricket side to victory, despite the fact that he has never coached a summer sport before.
The former Brisbane and Maroons star half back has announced he will be stepping down from his coaching staff roles at the Broncos, and will be 100% focused on his new role at the head coach for Australian cricket.
“Really looking forward to it” said Langer.
“Always loved playing it as a kid, but footy got in the road. So should be good to see how I go as a coach”
“Really came out of the blue” he said.
It is believed Langer was informed about his new appointment by former Australian coach and drinking partner Darren Lehmann, who tweeted to congratulated him earlier today.
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) 2 May 2018
Cricket Australia has confirmed Langer as the new man in charge of the Australian men’s team, replacing Darren Lehmann.
Lehmann left the team after the ball-tampering scandal which overshadowed the end of Australia’s tour of South Africa and led to the banning of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
Speculation about his replacement has centred around Langer, and Cricket Australia made it official with a release this morning.
Langer will take over on May 22, beginning a four-year term that will take him through home and away Ashes series, a Cricket World Cup in 2019 and the ICC World Twenty20 the following year.