Australian coach Justin Langer has been asked to ride until sunset at the end of the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart.
Despite constant speculation about his future, Langer enjoyed a few successful months, helping Australia to an elusive T20 World Cup title before overseeing a successful home campaign for Ashes.
However, a senior cricket source told the Sydney Morning Herald that the 51-year-old should ‘read the play’ and walk away, a sentiment echoed by his predecessor, Darren Lehmann.
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“Knowing Justin, he won’t want to retire. But he should or he will burn out,” Lehmann told Fox Sports.
“If I were him, I would actually go. Four years, on a good plan. Perfect.
“I coached for a year too long and at that point I didn’t realize it. I think four years is a perfect term. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
“He could lead a format, but the three is a lot to take on… JL knows what I’m thinking. I’ve told him about it.”
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Assistant coach Andrew McDonald is on “pole position” to replace Langer, according to the Sydney Morning Herald report, but there are fears he and his assistant colleague Michael Di Venuto will leave if Langer remains at the helm.
Australia and England will end the five-game series in Hobart on Friday, having previously retained the Ashes due to an unassailable 3-0 lead heading into the series final.
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