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I'd love another crack, says Langer

Justin Langer opens up about his coaching ambitions after he celebrated his first series in charge of the Australian team with a trophy

Australia's tour of the West Indies has done nothing to dampen Justin Langer's coaching ambitions, with the former Test opener saying he'd love another opportunity to take the reins of the senior team.

Langer will hand back control of the side to regular coach Darren Lehmann this week, the 45-year-old's status as Australia's coach-in-waiting only enhanced by the ODI tri-series win in the Caribbean.

Players have been glowing in their assessment of Langer during his four weeks in charge, praising his relaxed approach to cricket as well as life away from the game.

Langer has found himself in a delicate situation since he was announced as Lehmann's stand-in for the series, caught between wanting to push his own personal ambitions without undermining his former teammate's status as full-time coach.

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And the current Western Australia and Perth Scorchers mentor again found the right balance when asked about the possibility of leading the side again in the future.

"If it comes up down the track, Boof (Lehmann) wants to have another tour off somewhere, I'd love to do it," he said.

"I've loved it, there's no doubt. I love, and always have, the Baggy Green cap and playing for Australia, being involved with Australian cricket and singing the song tonight. I just love all that.

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"But the reality is, it's not a job (that's available). And that's cool because I'll go back to another great job (coaching Western Australia), which I love.

"Life is about timing. I was just lucky to get the timing for this job."

Lehmann, who has indicated he may step down following the World Cup and Ashes series in the UK in 2019, strongly endorsed Langer as his successor early last year.

And the 46-year-old has given his former teammate a free run at the job this month, with Langer revealing the pair had had very little contact during the series.

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"At first I was a bit worried about that, but then I thought it's probably just a sign of respect," Langer said.

"If I was in the opposite shoes, I wouldn't want him to think I was hassling him.

"Boof is an absolute cricket nuffy so he probably wanted to speak to me every day. But he probably thought, 'I'll let JL go and do his thing' and now he can take it over in a few days' time.

"I'm sure we'll have conversations. He'll see my written reports and we'll have a chat. It's worked out nicely that way."

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Langer left Barbados for the United States on Monday, where he'll join seven other Australian coaches – including recently-retired Test quick Ryan Harris – for a study tour across the country where they'll visit a variety of elite sports clubs, colleges and media institutions

He will then return to Perth to resume his dual role with WA and the Perth Scorchers, who he's guided to six domestic finals and three titles since taking the role in 2012.

As for what comes next, he remains philosophical about a game he's passionately dedicated almost half his life to.

"I know how fickle coaching is," he said.

"Western Australia might be rubbish for the next season and I'll be a rubbish coach and won't get an opportunity anyway. That's OK, that's the business we're in.

"I did this for a long time before (this tour) as a player and a coach. The game always surprises you."

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