Langer takes Australia coaching role
Justin Langer has swiftly followed up his retirement from playing with a move into coaching at the highest level.
The former Somerset captain, who hung up his boots at the end of the summer, will work as Australia Test batting coach and in a mentoring capacity this winter.
Australia host West Indies and Pakistan, with the first Test against the Windies beginning next Thursday.
Langer, who turns 39 on Saturday, has a wealth of experience to call on, having averaged over 45 in 105 Tests from 1993 to 2007.
He led Somerset for three years, taking them from bottom of the County Championship to title contenders and aided qualification for the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 this year.
Cricket Australia general manager Michael Brown said: “Justin Langer will join the Australian Test squad and provide specialist skills in assisting the batters prepare for Test match cricket.
"He’ll also develop plans to assist players cope with the rigours of the Test match game.
“We are thrilled to have a player of Justin’s experience working with the Test team.
"Justin was renowned for his professional approach to preparation and his commitment to play for his country. He will help many young players as our team continues to develop.”
Langer, who will work alongside captain Ricky Ponting and coach Tim Nielsen, said: “When CA approached me about this appointment I felt privileged to be considered.
“I have been passionate about Australian cricket for many years so I am excited about playing a hands-on role in the continued development of the Test team, particularly in the batting and leadership departments.
“Having just retired as a player, I can think of no better apprenticeship in coaching than to work with Ricky and Tim Nielsen and the Australian cricket team.”