May 3, 2018 / 3:18 AM / 24 days ago

Cricket: Factbox - Australia coach Justin Langer

(Reuters) - Factbox on former Australia batsman Justin Langer, who was named as head coach of the national team on Thursday.

Justin Langer speaks to the media in Melbourne, Australia, May 3, 2018. AAP/Luis Ascui/via REUTERS

*Born: Nov. 21, 1970, Perth, Western Australia

*Made test debut for Australia against West Indies in 1993 at Adelaide, scoring 20 and 54.

*He played 105 tests for Australia, scoring 7,696 runs at an average of 45.27, with 23 centuries and 30 half-centuries. His last test was against England at Sydney in 2007.

*He made his Ashes debut in 1998 against England and went on to score 1658 runs in 21 tests against the opposition, with five centuries and five fifties

*His career best 250 also came against England in Melbourne during the 2002-03 Ashes series.

*Langer hit five centuries and finished with 1481 runs in 14 tests in 2004, more than any other batsman during the calendar year.

*He formed a prolific opening partnership for Australia with Matthew Hayden, scoring 5,655 runs together over 113 innings.

*He was one of the five Wisden cricketers of the year in 2001.

COACHING CAREER

*Langer was appointed as assistant coach of Australian team under boss Tim Nielsen in 2009.

*Langer took charge of Western Australia and domestic Twenty20 outfit Perth Scorchers in 2012.

*Scorchers became the most successful team in Big Bash League history under Langer, winning the tournament three times and coming runners up twice.

*He got his first taste of life as national team’s coach in 2016 when he took charge on a temporary basis when Darren Lehmann was preparing for Ashes and the overseas matches later that year.

Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ian Ransom

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