According to the reports from Telegraph, Former Australian head coach Justin Langer is no longer in contention for the post of Head Coach for the England National Cricket Team. This comes after there were rumors of assigning the top post to Gary Kirsten, Justin Langer, and his counterpart Simon Katich.
Justin Langer will most likely not take up the role of England coach as he was overlooked for the same. Langer helped Australia to lift their maiden T-20 World Cup title and also paved the way for the Kangaroos to retain the Ashes by a dominating 4-0 lead. However, he stepped down from the post a month ago and was keen on joining hands with the English Cricket Board (ECB).
Another reason why Langer was overlooked and deprived of the position was the appointment of Robert Key as the new chief of the ECB. Former ECB chief Chris Silverwood was in favor of Langer and believed in the policy of a single coach for all formats. On the other hand, Key is of the opinion that separate coaches should be assigned to white and red-ball cricket.
As per the reports, Robert Key and his council are already in talks with Kirsten and they doubted the style of coaching adopted by Langer. Langer was a strong contender for the post until Key replaced Silverwood. Along with Langer, former Australian cricketer Simon Katich is also believed to be a strong contender for the post. It will be interesting to find out who gets appointed as the new head coach.
Meanwhile, top-order batsman Joe Root resigned from the test captaincy earlier in the year. He is most likely to get replaced by Ben Stokes. England cricket is going through a transitional phase and their riveting journey will be interesting to spectate.