Justin Langer elevated to major new role with MCC World Cricket committee ahead of Australia v India Test series
Former Australia opening batter and national team coach Justin Langer has a new role in cricket.
He joins ex-South Africa skipper Graeme Smith and former England women’s captain Clare Connor as new members of the MCC World Cricket committee.
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The three new members will join the independent body comprising current and former players, umpires and officials, the MCC said on Tuesday.
Its next meeting will be held at International Cricket Council headquarters in Dubai next week when topics such as wealth distribution and playing schedules will be on the agenda.
They are the first new appointments since 2020, and follow Tim May, Vince van der Bijl, Brendon McCullum and Ricky Ponting stepping down and the death of former committee member and Australia spin great Shane Warne.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to welcome Clare, Justin and Graeme to the World Cricket committee. It is fantastic news that they have accepted our invitations,” MCC World Cricket committee chair Mike Gatting said.
“All three will bring different insights to the game and their deep knowledge from the elite level will be hugely advantageous to the work of the committee.”
The London-based MCC is recognised as the sole authority on the laws of the game.
Cameron Green set to miss opening Test against India
Meantime in the current-day Aussie side, Cameron Green’s bold bid to play in Australia’s first Test in India is all but over with the allrounder still managing his recovery from a broken finger.
The 23-year-old remained on light duties during Australia’s training session at Nagpur’s VCA Stadium on Tuesday.
Green bowled briefly on a centre wicket pitch but still appeared to be struggling after suffering a nasty broken finger during the Boxing Day Test.
Australia coach Andrew McDonald last week raised the possibility of Green slotting in at No.6 and not bowling during the Border-Gavaskar series opener.
However, Australia vice captain Steve Smith all but admitted Green’s hopes of featuring in Nagpur were over.
“I don’t think he’s even faced fast bowling yet, so I dare say he won’t be playing, but who knows,” Smith said on Tuesday.
“I don’t even know what he’s done (at training), I was sort of focusing on my work.
“We’ll wait and see but it’s unlikely I think.”
With Green set to be ruled out, Matt Renshaw could retain his place at No.6 after replacing him for the New Year’s match against South Africa at the SCG.
Renshaw, who was David Warner’s opening partner on Australia’s last tour to India in 2017, went more than four years before adding to his 11 Tests.
Victorian Peter Handscomb, who also played all four Tests in India six years ago, is also an option to bat at No.6.
The right-handed Handscomb could be brought in to balance the batting line-up.
If Renshaw plays, five of Australia’s top seven batters will be left-handers.
Green’s absence is a further blow to Australia’s pace stocks, with Mitchell Starc (broken finger) and Josh Hazlewood (achilles) – who have taken 526 Test wickets between them – not playing in Nagpur.
Scott Boland will almost certainly come in for his first Test outside of Australia, while speedster Lance Morris could be handed a dream debut as the only other quick outside of skipper Pat Cummins in the 18-man squad.
Starc, Hazlewood and Green will all be racing the clock to be available for the second Test in Delhi, with just three days in between matches.
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