Travels from: Western Australia
Former Australian test cricketer, former Assistant Coach – Australian Cricket team, Coach of Western Warriors
Categories: Motivational Speakers, Sports Heroes
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Justin Langer was one of Australia’s most prodigious top order batsmen until he retired from Test Cricket in 2007. He started off batting at # 3 but moved to opener in 2001 where he went on to play 105 Tests and score 7696 runs which included 23 Test centuries for his country. Not many have worn the highly revered Australian baggy green cap with more pride than Justin Langer.
With his great mate, Matthew Hayden, the pair formed an extremely successful opening partnership, which remains one of the finest in Australian history and included 6 double century stands.
Justin and Matthew often called their on-field partnership a “team within a team” so it was very appropriate that when Justin played his last match for his country in the 2006/2007 Ashes Series Matthew and Justin were both batting together combining to score the winning runs which returned the highly prized Ashes to Australia. Justin was an important and very popular team member of one of our country’s “greatest ever” test teams, and the side’s 5-0 triumph over England in the 2006/2007 Ashes series has only ever been achieved once before by an Australian team in the past 80 years.
Justin retired from all forms of the game in 2009 and In November 2009 was appointed Batting-Mentoring coach of the Australian test cricket team and in 2011 was appointed Assistant Coach. Justin had a long held dream to coach his state team the Western Warriors and he achieved this in 2012 when he was appointed the WA Coach.
Justin’s top score in test cricket of 250 in a Boxing Day test against England at the MCG, was one of 3 double centuries he scored during his test career and in 2004 Justin was the highest run-maker in world cricket with a total of 1,481 runs.
While playing county cricket in the UK in July 2004 Justin exceeded Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman as the most prolific batsman in Australian cricket with a total of 28,068 first class runs.
A wonderful humanitarian, Justin is the patron of many wonderful organisations such as The Make a Difference Foundation, Solaris Care, Jason McLean Foundation, Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research in Western Australia. He is also an ambassador and supporter of the Cerebral Palsy Association, Peel Health Campus and the Jack Dunn Foundation. Due to Justin’s services to both Australian cricket and his valuable and important community work, he was named as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2008 Queens’ Birthday Honours List.
Justin speaks about the game of cricket with great vision, understanding, experience and humour.
He has many valuable stories about the wonderful mate-ship, the hard-ships and also the many thrilling triumphs he experienced during his wonderful Cricket career.
He is able to tell you how it felt to face up to the bowling barrage of the English, Pakistani and West Indian attacks at their ferocious best, who he considered the most difficult bowler to face and how an Adelaide pool-table helped Shane Warne hone and perfect his amazing flipper?
Justin is also able share his thoughts on the current crop of cricketers in all forms of cricket around the world. He speaks with a wonderful wit and honesty of his cricket mates, adversaries and idols and his career lows and highs, including his many Test centuries and Ashes battles to a very unfairly matched but entertaining eating competition with his mate and English legend Mike Gatting.
Justin has many entertaining stories; like the night the Australian players soaked the English change rooms at Lord’s in beer, the late night antics running around the Sydney Cricket Ground only in their underwear and highly prized baggy green caps, and the amazing Caribbean dinner that cost the ACB 10,000GBP.
Justin is motivating, inspiring and highly entertaining.