Integrity, work ethic, planning ... the three qualities that Mickey Arthur said Justin Langer brought to his playing career and job as Australian batting coach will be the traits that define the former Test opener's 3½-year term as WA coach.
But the enormity of the task Langer faces after being appointed yesterday was underlined 100m away in the middle of the WACA Ground where the Warriors slumped to 3-3 and then 6-28 against South Australia.
Claiming that "perception was reality" when it came to WA cricket's reputation for drinking, drug taking and ill-discipline rather than the pursuit of excellence on the field, Langer insisted his tenure would be marked by an uncompromising approach to standards of behaviour and preparation.
"There is not going to be too much flexibility on the values we want to instil into Western Australian cricket," he said.
"Whether the guys like it or not or they think they are being picked on, the perception out there is that they think we are a bit of a shambles - that we are on drugs and we are drinking, and we are playing poor cricket.
"I have heard it all before.
"Is there a culture issue? It is something we have got to look at and we have got to be strong with."
Langer will address the WA squad tomorrow and is likely to take charge for the one-dayer against the Redbacks on Saturday.
But his priority last night was to speak to out-of-favour Shaun Marsh, whose nine-month decline from Test No.3 to State discard is one of WA cricket's most remarkable falls from grace.
The talented but underperforming Mitch Marsh would also be pushed to emerge from his comfort zone and fulfil his potential.
"If (the Marshes) want to buy into the values we are going to instil, they are a very high priority," Langer said.
Langer, WA's leading run getter and the highest scorer in Australian first-class history, identified five pillars of the coaching strategy he would introduce at the WACA.
His blueprint would demand players worked hard, spoke honestly with each other, celebrated successes, earned respect back and had respect for the past.
"I have never met anyone successful at anything without working hard. We have got to speak honestly to each other because if you lose trust by not speaking honestly then there is trouble," Langer said.
"We are going to celebrate success. It is very important that you do reward hard work.
"We are going to have to earn respect back by playing hard on the field and being model citizens off the field.
"And we have got to respect the past. Western Australia is very proud. That is why a lot of people are bleeding about WA cricket."
Arthur endorsed his former assistant as the ideal person to drag WA from mediocrity and said Langer's personal example would be a powerful driving force.
"I have been very impressed about the way he goes about his business," Australia's coach said."He plans very well, his work ethic is as good as I have seen and he brings a huge amount of integrity to any dressing room and to any job."
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