Being golf aficionados, when we saw the headline,“Langer set to be recommended as Lehmann’s replacement as Australian coach,” our initial response was confusion, as Bernhard Langer is German, so he should not be coaching an Aussie team, and Tom Lehman is an American golfer who probably has no business, despite the similarity in swings, coaching cricket anywhere.
Further diligent research pointed out the error of our thought process.
Golfer Tom Lehman spells his name with a single “n.” It was not Bernhard, but Justin Langer and most importantly, the topic of the headline was cricket and not golf.
Cricket Australia will be meeting soon to find a replacement for Darren Lehmann, but Langer’s status as his replacement is anything but a “gimme.”
The board of CA has to determine whether to give Langer the job on the strength of recommendations, or to hold formal interviews to find Lehmann’s successor.
There are others who are considered viable candidates for the coaching gig. Ricky Ponting is one, although we are quick to point out that greatness as a player does not always ensure success as a coach.
Jason Gillespie and David Saker could also be a part of the mix if the CA board insists on the normal procedure.
No one is questioning Langer’s credentials. He filled in as the head coach of the Aussie limited overs squads on more than one occasion over the past couple of years.
A spokesman for CA told the media, “The process to be undertaken for the appointment of a new coach will be discussed and agreed at the CA board meeting this Friday.No appointment has been made, and nor will any candidate be put to the board for ratification on Friday.We expect to have a clearer understanding of the approach and appointment timelines following this meeting.”
Lehmann played over 100 Tests for Australia as a top-order batsman.
Also yet to be determined is if the coach who follows Lehmann will head all the formats, or simply the Test side.