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Langer joins Australia backroom

Justin Langer
Langer notched up 105 Tests for Australia during his playing days

Australia have drafted in former batsman Justin Langer as assistant coach of their Test team.

Langer, who had spells with Middlesex and Somerset in the English game, will work under national boss Tim Nielsen and be a batting coach and mentor.

"I have been passionate about Australian cricket for many years," said 38-year-old Langer.

"I am excited about playing a 'hands on' role in the continued development of the Test team."

Langer averaged 45.27 in 105 Test matches for Australia, retiring from Test cricket in January 2007, and he ended a four-season stint with Somerset at the end of the 2009 campaign.

He added: "Having just retired as a player I can think of no better apprenticeship in coaching than to work with captain Ricky Ponting and Tim and the Australian cricket team."

We are thrilled to have a player of Justin's experience working with the Test team

Cricket Australia general manager Michael Brown

Langer will work with the Australia team for the majority of the forthcoming Test series against West Indies and Pakistan.

Cricket Australia's 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 and he will help many young players as our team continues to develop."

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