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Justin Langer

Justin Langer, whose Somerset side lost in the Twenty20 Cup final, has not ruled out playing in the inaugural Champions League in India this autumn

Justin Langer will make no decision on his future until the end of the season - but is confident he will be available to play in the Champions League for Somerset in October whatever the long term holds.

Former Australia opener Langer helped the Sabres reach the lucrative tournament in India for the first time by qualifying via the Twenty20 Cup, despite losing the final to Sussex at Edgbaston.

He has played a major part in reviving Somerset’s fortunes since quitting international cricket two and a half years ago, but it remains to be seen whether he will return to Taunton for another season.

Langer said: “I love playing cricket. I know it is a cliche, that you are a long time retired, but we will see what happens at the end of the year.

“I did it in Sydney. I made my mind up two nights before the last Test of the 2006-2007 series with England that international cricket was over for me.

“I’ll be doing the same with Somerset. If I decide to retire now, I might as well retire rather than hang around for five more weeks.

“At the moment I still enjoy playing and we’ll see how long my back keeps holding up.”

Langer added: “Will my decision impact on whether I can play in the Champions League? Look, I am sure if Somerset want me to go to India, I am sure the contract will be irrelevant.”

He is relishing the prospect of playing in the competition with a potential US$ six million jackpot on offer for the victors.

Langer said: “It seems to be a big event internationally now. I know it has had a huge impact in Australia. The teams are really vying to qualify.

“I’ve hardly even thought about it, so I guess now the team and the club will start thinking about it.

“It has been one of the mistakes a lot of teams around the world have made in that they have put so much emphasis on making the Champions League that they have got a bit side-tracked by it.

“We haven’t spoken about it once in the club. I literally have not spoken about it. I suppose we will start talking a bit more about it now.”

Langer knows that an impressive performance in India could earn some of the Somerset players mega-bucks IPL contracts.

He said: “The IPL has had such a massive impact. I am sure there are guys who will want to have an impact. It is nice to test yourself under pressure and there will certainly be pressure in India.”

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