Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
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Border, Lehmann back Langer

Border, Lehmann back Langer

The 28-year-old was handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia from all global and domestic cricket back in March after his involvement in the scandal.

Along with David Warner, Smith was banned from playing cricket for a year, while Cameron Bancroft was hit with a nine-month suspension.

Coach Darren Lehmann stood down as a result of the cheating scandal and this week Cricket Australia announced Justin Langer would take his place at the helm for all three formats.

An emotional Steve Smith took full responsibility for the error of judgement as he broke down in the press conference that followed. "I now have a lot to do to earn back your trust", he said.

'To my Mum, Dad and Dani you have been my rock through this and I can't thank you enough, ' he wrote. "Family is the most important thing in the world and I thank you for your love and support", the Aussie's post further read.

Langer believes that the epitome of Australian cricket was in the year 2004 when they beat India in India.

The man has a lot of targets to accomplish, the upcoming world cup in 2019 and the T20 world as well, to name a few but what strikes him the most is the upcoming Indian tour of Australia.


Lehmann, who stepped down from the role last month in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, said Langer, his former teammate and the man replacing him, would to do well at "the best job in the world".

"There will be some significant challenges ahead for our group, but there is a wealth of talent in Australian cricket that I know will do us all proud."Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said Langer was the "clear standout" choice".

Australian cricket captain Steve Smith. That's why it was such a surprise they made the mistake they did.

"If we can keep mentoring them and helping them, and they want to keep getting better and they want to meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, then of course they'll (all) be welcomed back".

Describing Australians as people who "love to win", he added that his players should abide by one simple rule: knowing the difference between right and wrong.

He has had success coaching Western Australia State since 2012, guiding Perth Scorchers to three domestic Twenty20 titles in the "Big Bash", making them the most successful franchise in the tournament's short history.

"Has he got areas to get better at in? Yes".

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