The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) might break the bank to rope in Justin Langer, who recently stepped down as Australia’s head coach. The former Aussie cricketer turned down a six-month extension offered by Cricket Australia to resign from his post.
Meanwhile, England have sacked head coach Chris Silverwood and assistant coach Graham Thorpe after 0-4 Ashes debacle. They are currently on a hunt for a high-profile coach who can take English cricket forward.
ECB chief Tom Harrison recently has admitted the board will look for the best candidate while looking into the financial constraints. Speaking to inews.co.uk, he said:
“We have to make the right decisions around coaching budgets. Clearly, you are coaching England. We need the best coaches available to do that.”
Meanwhile, Justin Langer has one of the most successful coaches to have occupied the seat. Under his coaching, the team managed to play the semifinals of the 2019 World Cup. Then, they went to become the first Team after the Steve Waugh-led 2001 to retain an Ashes series in England.
Justin Langer's resignation letter to Cricket Australia 👀
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) February 6, 2022
Australia also won the home series against Pakistan and New Zealand and recently thrashed England in the Ashes after winning the T20 World Cup 2021.
Cricket Australia’s decision to accept Justin Langer’s resignation didn’t sit well with many former cricketers like Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden, who fired shots at the cricket body.
Hayden has suggested that ECB must sign Langer, given his four-year tenure while Ponting said that this was a strange time for a coach to depart.
“Sign him up. If he can turn Cricket Australia around in four years, imagine what he could do with England. God help us,” said Hayden
“It seems like a very strange time for a coach to be departing. I actually think it’s a really sad day as far as Australian cricket is concerned,” said Ponting.