Former Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer backs in under-fire coach Adam Voges as ‘right man for the job’

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VideoAdam Voges is playing down the Scorchers loss to Sydney, ahead of the clash with the Renegades.

Australia coach Justin Langer has issued a spirited defence of under-fire Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges, insisting he’s the right man for the job despite the team’s winless record this season.

Perth is yet to get off the mark after four matches and could be staring down the barrel of a third consecutive year of missing finals, after qualifying for six straight seasons under Langer.

Voges in his final year of a three-year contract after taking the reins in May 2018, but his predecessor believes the current criticism over his position is missing the mark.

“Adam Voges is the right person,” an animated Langer told The Fast and The Curious podcast.

“He’s a ripper, we know he’s been a brilliant leader of the Scorchers as captain. He’s had a tough initiation as coach of the Scorchers but he’ll be fine.

“He’s a very well-grounded, very well organised, ripping human. He’s the right person for the job, but the boys have got some work to do.”

The Scorchers were bowled out for just 94 in their 71-run loss to the Strikers on Monday night, their lowest total ever recorded outside of Perth.

It follows a pair of seven-wicket losses to the Renegades and Thunder, which again saw Perth slump to 7-90 and 5-91 respectively.

In their strongest showing with the bat, the Scorchers went at nine runs an over against the Stars, only for the clash to be rained off before a result could be reached.

Despite their horror run, Langer feels his old team is close to finding the form they so desperately need.

Justin Langer, former coach of the Perth Scorchers looks on during the Big Bash League.
Camera IconJustin Langer, former coach of the Perth Scorchers looks on during the Big Bash League. Credit: Daniel Carson - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images

The 50-year-old called for the team to focus on the plans that have made them the competition’s most successful franchise over the past decade.

“They’re not far off, they’ve got a very good team on paper,” Langer said.

“They had nine internationals in the last game they played. The boys have got to be clear on their game plan,” Langer said.

“The brilliant thing is, they have a recipe they know that works from the last ten years.

“They take the strengths of that recipe and hopefully it’s not too long before they turn it around.”

The Scorchers are back in action against the Strikers at 4:15pm tomorrow.

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