New Australia cricket head coach Justin Langer says respect is top of mind

Langer has been appointed replacing Darren Lehmann who stepped down in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in March.

The 47-year-old new coach said his focus would be on winning back respect for the team, reduce sledging both on and off the field.

“I think one of the things that’s really important is that we keep looking to earn respect.”

Langer’s first assignment will be a tour of England, with five one-day internationals and a sole Twenty20 beginning on 13 June.

Australia’s team culture was heavily criticised following the events in Cape Town South Africa, which resulted in David Warner and captain Steve Smith receiving year-long bans.

Batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was caught scratching the surface of the ball, was given a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia.

Smith and Bancroft have been suspended from captaining Australia for at least the next two years, while Warner will not be considered for any future team leadership roles.

Langer, said he would not rule out any of the players returning to the team. “This will be a really important message: if they are willing to meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, I think everyone has a place,” he added.

“Over the next 11 months there’s a chance for some of the guys to take their opportunities.

“If you want to sustain success, you’ve got to have depth. The next 11 months give us the opportunity to even make Australia  stronger

 

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