Somerset keep Langer
Somerset captain Justin Langer has agreed to stay with the county for another year and play for the club on their return to Division One of the LV County Championship.
The former Australia batsman has guided the club to the championship Division Two and NatWest Pro40 titles this season and his decision to remain at Taunton for another campaign is a boost for the county, who will consequently lose Langer’s countryman Cameron White.
Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose confirmed the news as Somerset began their final championship match of the summer at home to Nottinghamshire.
“I am delighted to say I have shaken hands with Justin over a contract for next season and he will be continuing as captain,” Rose told the Somerset website.
“It was a difficult choice with the new ruling about only one overseas player because Cameron White has also done tremendous things for us.
“But his immediate future looks to be with Australia and the team have really benefited from having Justin's leadership on a regular basis throughout the whole of this season.
“He and his family love the area and he has obviously enjoyed his cricket with us. We look forward to another successful season with him at the helm in 2008.
“At the moment we are not looking beyond next season as far as Justin is concerned. We will play things by ear next summer and take it from there.”
Langer has scored more than 1,000 first-class runs this season, one of five Somerset players to do so.