Langer unveiled as Australia coach

04 May 2018 04:29:02 EST

New Australia head coach Justin Langer says both Steve Smith and David Warner can still have a future in the international game.

Langer was officially confirmed on Thursday in the post, following Darren Lehmann's decision to step down, having been given a four-year contract to coach Australia in all three formats.

He will start work on 22nd May, but will be without Australia's two premier batsmen for a full year while Smith and Warner serve bans. Batsman Cameron Bancroft has also been suspended following the ball-tampering scandal during the South Africa tour.

West Australian coach Langer, who has twice filled in as interim coach, says the former captain and vice-captain haven't been discounted from selection in the long-term.

"One of the key values for me is learning from the past," he added. "When I think about Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith, they love the game of cricket more than anyone I know and they are great kids - David Warner is the same; he's a really great young bloke.

"This will be a really important message: if they are willing to meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, I think everyone has a place."

With Smith and Warner unavailable, Langer said, there would now be more opportunities for those formerly on the fringe to stake their claims at international level.

The new coach, who will sit on the panel of Rick McCosker's player-led review of team culture, says he doesn't believe an overhaul of Australia's aggressive playing style is necessary.

"The public will be disappointed if we don't play hard competitive cricket," added Langer. "We modify our behaviours a bit, so that it's not angry or not over aggressive, but we're still aggressive in the mindset that we play with the bat and the ball."

The Baggy Greens are 7/4 to win the 2019 Ashes series, with host England 4/5 and the draw 5/1.

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