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CA to wait on call over Langer’s future

Australia captain Pat Cummins has refused to buy into speculation about Justin Langer’s future as coach.

On rocky ground six months ago, Langer’s stocks are now at a record high after Australia’s breakthrough Twenty20 World Cup win in November and an Ashes demolition of England.

Langer’s four-year contract expires in June, but he is yet to be guaranteed an extension by Cricket Australia.

Cummins was intent on celebrating retaining the urn when asked about Langer’s future after the thumping Boxing Day Test triumph.

“I think we’ll savour this victory today and continue through the Ashes,” Cummins said.

“I don’t think today’s the day to speculate on that.

“We’ll sit down all together after this series or whenever his contract is up for renewal and we’ll revisit that then.”

Langer’s position remains a talking point despite an all-conquering summer against the old enemy.

During a number of media engagements across the course of the third Test at the MCG, CA chief executive Nick Hockley was asked about Langer’s future.

Hockley has not ruled out splitting the coaching role for different formats of the game.

There have been calls to split the job for red and white-ball formats, including from former captain Steve Waugh.

“There’s no question Justin will see out his contract and that goes out to the middle of next year,” Hockley said on Sunday.

“Obviously, once we get through the Ashes we want to sit down and work out where we want to go from there.”

Langer took charge after the ball-tampering scandal in 2018 after former coach Darren Lehmann opted to stand down.

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