Given his results in Western Australia and his willingness to rush in where angels choose not to walk, no man’s fool Justin Langer was a worthy choice to be Australia’s new head cricket coach.
The void left in Western Australia will be filled by former Test star Adam Voges, who had better be wearing 50s at the minimum if he wants to fill the shoes of Langer.
Voges received a three-year contract to coach WA.
In his wake, Langer leaves the Perth Scorchers holding three Big Bash League titles and the WA Warriors with two one-day titles, along with reaching the Sheffield Shield finals twice.
WA takes Shield cricket seriously, as evidenced by their 42.49 winning percentage, by a decent margin the best of any state, with only Victoria coming close.
Voges is going straight into coaching, having retired from first-class cricket last year and abandoning T20 earlier this year.
He was over 10,000 runs in 15 years as a Warrior.
Voges’ objective is fairly obvious. Western Australia has not claimed the Sheffield Shield Crown since 1998 – 1999. The Warriors best finishes came under Langer in 2013 – 2014, as runners up to New South Wales and 2013 – 2014, when Victoria emerged victorious.
“We already have strong foundations in WA and I’m looking forward to building on them, the values, the structures and the people are all excellent,” Voges told the media. “The focus for this year is very much improving our red ball cricket and making sure we’re right up there in the Sheffield Shield.”
Voges had made no secret of his desire to move into coaching, but he thought that he would spend some time in an assistant’s role, but WACA boss Christina Matthews considered Voges to be the “natural progression.”
“Adam has a playing group that believe in his brand of leadership, players who have followed him for many years and look up to him as a trusted mentor and friend,” Matthews said.