Ashes 2020-21: Justin Langer backed to proceed as Australia coach

Justin Langer

Langer scored 7696 Test runs at an average of 45.27 during his playing career and was Australia’s top-scorer in the famous 2005 Ashes series

Australia coach Justin Langer has been backed to lead the team into this year’s Ashes series against England despite their recent dip in form.

Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley praised the “incredible job” Langer has done in his three years in the role.

“His efforts have restored public faith in the national team,” added Hockley, noting Langer’s contract runs through to the middle of 2022.

Australia have just suffered a shock 4-1 Twenty20 series defeat by Bangladesh.

They had never lost to Bangladesh in four previous meetings over the format.

Australia have also lost T20 series to the West Indies and New Zealand, and a Test series against India this year.

Langer was appointed in May 2018, replacing Darren Lehmann, who had resigned in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal.

Captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft…