Langer to coach Australia in Sri Lanka T20 series

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Justin Langer will take temporary charge of coaching Australia with Darren Lehmann set to take a rest for the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka in February.

Former opener Langer led the side to victory in a tri-nation series against South Africa and West Indies earlier this year, and will fill in for Lehmann once more.

Lehmann will use his time off to prepare for a four-Test series in India in February and March, and Langer - who coached Perth Scorchers to Big Bash League glory in 2014 and 2015 - is eagerly anticipating another opportunity to step into the breach with Australia.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with the national side in the Caribbean earlier this year and so I am excited and very grateful to get this opportunity to do it again, this time with the Twenty20 international squad against Sri Lanka," Langer said. 

"Twenty20 international cricket is the one format in which Australia is yet to win a global tournament so every chance we get to play it and develop our skills is very significant. That means these three matches will be hugely important.

"The advantage myself and the players will have is that the series will come just over two weeks after the Big Bash League wraps up so we should all still be in Twenty20 mode.

"And with several senior players set to be in India ahead of the Test series, it really will give players an added incentive to perform in the upcoming BBL to put their names forward for selection in the Sri Lanka series.

"Thanks to the officials at the Western Australia Cricket Association for giving me the chance to take on this challenge and thanks, too, to Cricket Australia for having faith in me to do it."