Langer rules self out

SYDNEY. — Former Australia Test cricket batsman Justin Langer ruled himself out of the running for the India and England coaching jobs by signing a two-year contract extension with Western Australia yesterday.Langer had been linked with both the job of replacing Duncan Fletcher, whose contract with India expired at the end of the World Cup in March, and the position left vacant after England sacked Peter Moores two weeks ago.

“I am flattered to be associated with potential international coaching opportunities but the timing isn’t right for my family and I still feel there is much work to be done here in Western Australian and Australian cricket,” the 44-year-old said in a news release.

“Having spent nearly 20 years on the road with the Australian team as a player and then coach, I respect what an enormous commitment it is to be away from your family for almost 12 months of the year.

“There is no doubt I have aspirations to coach internationally, but that will depend upon timing and opportunity in the future.” — Reuters.