"I think one of the things that's really important is that we keep looking to earn respect. To me, respect is worth more than all the gold in the world." Cricket Australia has ordered a review of the damaged sport's culture in the wake of the scandal during the third and penultimate Test match against South Africa in Cape Town that tarnished Australian cricket's reputation. "We all know what the acceptable behaviour is. There is a difference between competitiveness and aggression and we've got to be careful with that," Langer said. "We look to encourage great cricketers, but also great people. So we if we can encourage great people and great Australians over the next four years, I think that's a really important foundation for us."
BREAKING: Justin Langer unveiled as the new head coach of the Australian men's team across all three formats https://t.co/JdWrqdw1Gl— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) May 2, 2018
Langer opened the door for a return of Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who was also banned for the tampering incident. "We'll learn from what's happened," he said. "They are great kids and it was such a surprise they made the mistake they did. But they are great kids, we have all made mistakes, we can all get better at things. "If we can keep mentoring and helping them and they want to meet the standard of the Australian cricket team, then of course they’d be welcomed back." Langer comes into the job after dominating domestic cricket in recent years as coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers.
Justin Langer is the new Aussie cricket coach ... no question he will have a positive impact ... Concerns me already about next Yrs Ashes !!— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 2, 2018
CA chief executive James Sutherland said he was the "clear standout" choice. "Whilst Lehmann was not due to complete his term until next year, we have had a succession plan in place for this role for some time," Sutherland said. "The plan has allowed us to consider several worthy candidates, but Justin was the clear standout, particularly based on his recent coaching and player development achievement. "We firmly believe Justin is the right person to lead this team and have huge confidence in what he will bring to the role."
"We will judge ourselves on whether we’re a great cricket team if we beat India in India" - new Aussie coach Justin Langer https://t.co/9p69tITUg2— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) May 3, 2018
Langer had a highly decorated playing career, representing Australia in 105 Tests and eight ODIs. He scored more than 7,500 Test runs - including 23 centuries - and was an integral member of the team during one of its most successful eras. His playing career spanned almost 20 years and 360 first-class matches, scoring more than 28,000 first-class runs. As a coach, he had been in charge of WA and the Scorchers since November 2012. Langer led the Scorchers to Big Bash League T20 championships three times, the most of any coach, in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17.
LANGER TAKES CHARGE!Former opener will take over as Australia coach formally on 22 May on a four-year contract, with the limited-overs tour of England in June his first assignment. READ ➡️ https://t.co/OkGsQ39sXk pic.twitter.com/eDvWPoyqtN — ICC (@ICC) May 3, 2018
He also led the WA Warriors to one-day Cup titles twice, in 2014-15 and 2017-18. Langer was involved in the Australian team as an assistant coach for three years from November 2009 and has twice been head coach on an interim basis - in an ODI tri-series in the Caribbean in 2016, and a home T20 series against Sri Lanka in 2017.
Just in: Justin Langer has been appointed as Australia's head coach for all three formats pic.twitter.com/ae9oc3MLRj— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 2, 2018