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Langer in no hurry for Lehmann's job

Australia head coach earmarks the 2019 Ashes in England as a likely end to his tenure

Cricket Network

18 February 2016, 04:45 PM

Western Australia coach Justin Langer says he is in no hurry to take the Australia head coaching role after incumbent Darren Lehmann today indicated when he was likely to exit the top job.

Bupa Support Team Head coach Lehmann, who returned to his role in Wellington last week after a bout of deep vein thrombosis forced him to sit out the KFC T20 INTL series against India and Australia’s ODI series in New Zealand, has earmarked the end of the 2019 Ashes in England as potentially the appropriate time for him to pass on the baton.

Langer, widely seen as Lehmann's eventual successor, will be given his first taste of life as an international head coach in June when Lehmann sits out the ODI tri-series featuring the West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean.

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But he's content to be patient when it comes to a full-time gig.

"Boof can stay there as long as he wants," Langer said on Thursday.

"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."

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Lehmann confirmed on Wednesday he has unfinished business in the game – namely defending Australia's World Cup title in England in 2019 and winning the Ashes series on foreign soil that will follow – but also reaffirmed his previous assessments of the shelf life of an international coach in the modern game.

"I think a shelf life if you have success is four to six years," Lehmann, whose current contract runs until 2017, told Fairfax in the lead-up to Australia's second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.

"We've got to win a lot of cricket games for me to do that – if we don't and the board change that's well within their right."

While John Buchanan performed the role for eight years between 1999-2007, Lehmann, 46, ruled out a possibility of following in his footsteps.

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

"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.

"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."

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While Lehmann has previously avoided specifics about when he may move on, he has been consistently adamant that the constant travelling and packed international calendar means the position of head coach is one that comes with a short life expectancy.

"If you have a young family it’s tough – they’re at school and all those sort of things.” Lehmann told cricket.com.au in May last year.

"But it’s the best job in the world. You’d love to be able to do it for 20-30 years. I don’t think you can. I think players need change occasionally.

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"I won’t be doing it forever, and hopefully I get to exit in my own way. That’s means we’re playing pretty well and going okay.

"If you lose a few in a row you never know, you’re under pressure again. But that’s just the way it is."

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While Lehmann still believes he has the world's best job, he said his recent health scare had prompted some lifestyle changes.

"It's like everything you get with those difficult situations, you get a reality check," Lehmann said.

"You take stock of where you want to get to and what you want to do and all those sorts of things.

"It's really just making sure you live a better lifestyle (rather) than sitting in bars – and having conversations over water or peppermint tea.

"Travelling lifestyle is not easy. Home-cooked food is our biggest challenge.

"Just trying to work through those issues with dietary and the regime of travelling day in, day out. But I feel good, it's just one of those things that happens."