Lucknow Super Giants have appointed Former Australian cricket team coach and batsman Justin Langer as their team head coach for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2024). LSG announced the departure of head coach Andy Flower after his two-season stint with the team.
“JUST IN: LANGER!,” the team’s official Twitter handle tweeted.
JUST IN: LANGER! 💙🙏 pic.twitter.com/UYu6XSfgIX— Lucknow Super Giants (@LucknowIPL) July 14, 2023
LSG took to Twitter to thank Flower for his services. “Dear Andy, Today it’s farewell, but it’ll never be goodbye because you’ll always be one of our own. Thank you for everything!”
Dear Andy,— Lucknow Super Giants (@LucknowIPL) July 14, 2023
Today it's farewell, but it'll never be goodbye because you'll always be one of our own. Thank you for everything! 💙 pic.twitter.com/EGtaRvYiHj
Justin Langer was appointed as the coach of the Australian cricket team in May 2018. During his tenure, Australia captured the title by defeating England 4–0 in the Ashes series. Not only this, in the year 2021, during Langer’s tenure, Australia also won the T20 World Cup for the first time. Apart from this, Perth Scorchers also won the Big Bash title three times under the guidance of Langer.
On joining LSG as head coach, Justin Langer said, “Lucknow Super Giants are on the journey of building a great story in the IPL. We all have a role to play in that journey and I am excited to be a part of the team moving forward.”
Flower, who previously worked as an assistant coach for the Punjab Kings, joined LSG in 2021. Under his guidance, the team achieved impressive back-to-back third-place finishes in the IPL 2022 and IPL 2023.
During his time with the Super Giants, Flower collaborated closely with the team’s director of cricket, Gautam Gambhir, and they formed a successful partnership. The team reached the playoffs in both seasons, finishing third in their debut IPL season in 2022 and getting eliminated in the Eliminator in IPL 2023.
A former Zimbabwe captain and wicketkeeper-batter, Flower is renowned as one of England’s most successful coaches. He played a crucial role in England’s three consecutive Ashes victories in the 2000s, including notable triumphs in 2009 and 2013 on home soil and an outstanding victory Down Under in 2010-11.
Currently serving as a consultant for the Australian men’s cricket team, Flower’s vast experience and expertise make him one of the most respected coaches in the T20 circuit.