Former Australia opener Justin Langer seems to be in a sticky situation concerning his role as the coach of Australian men's team following Darren Lehmann’s resignation in the wake of the ball-tampering saga last month. Langer is considered to be the frontrunner to take over this lucrative job, however, he is still uncertain about his decision given the sacrifices involved in it.
Langer, who has played 105 Tests for Australia, said committing to the job would mean staying far away from his beautiful family. The 47-year-old is currently coaching Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers besides living a happy family life with his wife and four daughters.
"If the opportunity came up, there would be a lot to consider. The complication is that I love my job. I love my job here. I love being on the board of the West Coast Eagles (football team). I love being with my family all the time,” Langer told PerthNow.
"(Coaching Australia) would mean (travelling) 11 months of the year. I love working at WACA, and working with the Scorchers. My family is all in Perth. I am a Perth boy and I love being home. So that’s why it is complicated,” he added.
Langer also revealed that he is associated with five or six charities within Western Australia.
"I’m also involved with five or six charities here in WA. And walking away from all that is not that easy to do. I have a great life as we speak," he remarked.
During Australia's ODI tour of the West Indies in 2016, Langer was shouldered with the responsibility to mentor the team in the absence of Lehmann. That particular move had resulted in a speculation that the former Test opener was the next in line for the high-profile job.
Besides Langer, legendary Australia batsman Ricky Ponting and former fast bowler Jason Gillespie are also in the contention for this top job. While Ponting has already expressed his desire to coach the national T20 side, Gillespie has previously talked about his interest in coaching at the highest level.