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Australian cricket coach Justin Langer to be handed new powers on team selection

Staff writers, July 27, 2018 7:40AM News Corp Australia Network

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Australian cricket coach Justin Langer. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraAustralian cricket coach Justin Langer. Picture: Getty Images


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CRICKET: New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer will be handed never-before-seen powers at cricket’s selection table under a new system for picking national teams.

It means Langer will be responsible for and have to answer for all major selection issues.

Outgoing* selection panel member Mark Waugh will not be replaced and a more efficient* model is expected to be phased in which gives the controlling power in decision-making to the coach and possibly, a national selector, Trevor Hohns.

Australia's Daniel Arzani is in talks to join Celtic on loan. Picture: AAP media_cameraAustralia’s Daniel Arzani is in talks to join Celtic on loan. Picture: AAP

SOCCER: Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers has confirmed the Scottish champions are in talks to bring Socceroos teenager Daniel Arzani on loan to the club.

According to reports, Arzani is close to finalising a deal with Manchester City that will see him loaned out to either Celtic or PSV Eindhoven.

But the Scottish club is the favourite to land the 19-year-old, with Rodgers describing Arzani has a “very talented” footballer.

Ricky Leutele of the Sharks had this try disallowed by the video referees. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraRicky Leutele of the Sharks had this try disallowed by the video referees. Picture: Getty Images

NRL: Another round, another NRL bunker controversy*. Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has guaranteed the officials’ decisions will be looked at closely for yet another week after claiming the refereeing was “not up to scratch”* in their 12-10 loss to Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium last night.

Flanagan claimed Cronulla were on the wrong end of “too many” bad calls before taking aim at the bunker.

“There was just too many of them (tough calls). It’s a concern for the game. That refereeing standard wasn’t up to scratch.”

His biggest concern was the bunker’s decision to not award a 26th minute try to centre Ricky Leutele. The referee recommended a try but video officials overruled it after replays suggested Brisbane fullback Jamayne Isaako’s boot stopped the ball from touching the ground.


Outgoing: leaving

efficient: well organised way with little wasted effort

controversy: something that causes a lot of disagreement or arguments

not up to scratch: not good enough


1. Who is Australia’s outgoing cricket selector?

2. Which Scottish club is Daniel Arzani being chased by?

3. Who had a try overturned by the bunker for the Sharks last night?


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