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Langer would love to coach Aust again

  • Langer would love to coach Aust again

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Scorchers coach Justin Langer looks on during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and Perth Scorchers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 21, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Justin Langer is keen to reprise his role as caretaker coach of Australia but only if it's at the behest of Darren Lehmann.

This month Lehmann took a break from his side's relentless schedule, handing the reins to Western Australia coach Langer for an ODI tri-series in the West Indies.

Langer, widely regarded as Lehmann's likely successor, impressed players with his insight and approach during the tour.

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His internship was a success on the park too; a youthful squad learned plenty in two losses then lifted another trophy with consecutive knockout wins.

The former Test opener was a picture of happiness after Australia's 58-run win in the decider, detailing how he loved every minute of the trip.

"But the reality is there's not a job going," Langer said.

"That's cool because I go home to another great job that I love.

"Life is timing. I was lucky to get the timing for the job.

"It's all about timing. If it comes up down the track and Boof wants to have another tour off somewhere down the track, I'd love to do it."

Lehmann has publicly stated he'd like to keep coaching until 2019, when Australia travel to England for their World Cup defence and an Ashes series.

A lot can happen in the space of three years, with Langer acknowledging the industry is fickle.

"Western Australia might go rubbish for the next season and I'll be a rubbish coach and won't get an opportunity (to fill in for Lehmann again) anyway," he said.

Skipper Steve Smith was among a chorus of players to praise Langer's contribution in the Caribbean.

Langer was more than happy to make some big calls alongside on-duty selector Trevor Hohns, dropping Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner during the tournament.

The 45-year-old notably had no communication with Lehmann during his tenure.

"At first I was a bit worried about that but then I thought it's probably just a sign of respect," Langer said.

Langer noted it was the development of Mitch Marsh, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood and others that delighted him most during the trip.

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