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Cricket Australia makes decision on new manager, new Langer link with Poms

Andrew McDonald is expected to be offered the role of full-time replacement for Justin Langer, who has been newly linked with the vacancy in England.

News Corp reports that McDonald, who won the series in Pakistan as caretaker manager, is Cricket Australia’s preferred candidate “and should be offered the job”.

Former England manager Trevor Bayliss was also interviewed for the role and some thought CA might split the job into clean ball and test flow.

But News Corp reports that CA wants McDonald as “overall head coach in all three formats.”

It’s been reported that barring a late hitch, McDonald’s could be announced by the end of the week.

McDonald’s had some reservations about CA’s expectations when he spoke about it a week ago.

“I’ve spoken to people at Cricket Australia now, obviously the disputed Test series didn’t allow for that. [before] but with a few more shortcomings in this one-day series, I had the opportunity to speak to Cricket Australia,” McDonald said.

“Whether this becomes a follow-up conversation, we will wait and see, it will be much like the other people who have undoubtedly also spoken to Cricket Australia.

“There wasn’t a lot of detail or clarity about what the role would look like, it’s probably something that will be built on in the next stages, however many stages there are in the process.

“Do I want the job? It depends on what it looks like, how Cricket Australia sees the work going and I will probably get more detail and clarity in the future.

(Photo by Darrian Traynor – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail have reported that Justin Langer has changed his mind about the potential to lead England. Their Ashes coach Chris Silverwood was sacked and has now landed the head coaching job with Sri Lanka.

“Justin Langer is expected to soften at the prospect of coaching England, although a job-share wouldn’t necessarily suit his style,” the newspaper reported.

“Those close to the Aussie previously thought he was too patriotic to coach the old foe, but nine weeks after he quit as head coach of his own country, with a Twenty20 World Cup victory and a 4-0 win for the Ashes over Joe Root’s side Parting gifts, he is understood to be willing to discuss the potential change through international cricket’s biggest rivalry.

“However, unlike other potential candidates – such as Ottis Gibson, Jason Gillespie, Gary Kirsten and Paul Collingwood – Langer, 51, would be better suited as a figurehead overseeing all three international formats, the role model he is. supposed to prefer if a drastic shift in allegiance is to take place.

The key to a potential return with England is believed to be the possibility of fellow Western Australian Marcus North being a candidate for the head of the ECB.

There would be clear opposition to Langer as England manager if that happened.

Former England player Derek Pringle said last week that the country’s cricketers would benefit from a more collaborative approach – as Australia moves towards McDonald’s – and that hiring Langer would be the wrong approach.

“There was a time when English cricket slavishly sought Australian craftsmanship, but I’m not sure the desire has endured,” Pringle wrote.

“That’s why I think Justin Langer, tipped by some to be England’s next head coach, is unlikely to get the job.

“Langer was a good, brave player, but if the current Australian squad felt his style of coaching was too intense, he won’t be a good fit for England, despite pleas from some that they need tough love. Modern gamers just don’t respond to old-school rigor with its one-sided (often shouted-out) conversations, especially when things go wrong.

“They demand a relationship with their coach based on mutual respect and clear and calm advice. They are high maintenance and top managers like Gary Kirsten, another work-bound in England, realize this and work with it, applying just the right amount of firmness.

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