Langer in no rush to replace Lehmann as Australia coach


Justin Langer insisted he is no hurry to step up and replace Darren Lehmann as Australia coach, with the former opener happy in Western Australia.

As Australia prepare to face New Zealand in the second and final Test in Christchurch, starting on Saturday, Lehmann has earmarked 2019 as his likely exit date.

Langer, who will step in for Lehmann during June's one-day international series against West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean, has made a name for himself with Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield and Big Bash League.

However, 45-year-old Langer told reporters on Thursday: "Boof can stay there as long as he wants.

"I'll have another four years with this amazing group of young blokes [at Western Australia].

"I'm in no hurry for Boof's job."

Langer was responding to an interview where Lehmann - out of contract in 2017 - set a possible end date to his coaching tenure with Australia.

Lehmann, who replaced Micky Arthur in 2013, admitted he cannot see himself coaching beyond 2019, a year in which Australia will defend their Cricket World Cup crown and take on England in the Ashes.

"I think a shelf life if you have success is four to six years," the 46-year-old told Fairfax Media.

"If I got to 2019 that'd be six years. I couldn't see myself going past that at all. I think my wife would kill me if I went past that.

"I don't think you could do that now; the job's gotten bigger and bigger.

"You're travelling that much now and you don't get a break because you normally don't get injured. You're on the road the whole time."