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New WA drama as Stevens quits as coach
Lachie Stevens. Pic: Getty Images

Cricket Australia is not expected to stand in Justin Langer's way should he apply for the Warriors and Scorchers coaching jobs left vacant when Lachlan Stevens quit this morning.

Stevens follows captain Marcus North who resigned last week in the aftermath of the tumultuous Perth Scorchers tour of South Africa last month.

Stevens' last match will be today's one-dayer against Victoria at the MCG before he returns to Brisbane.

The WACA will now seek a replacement coach as a matter of urgency with Langer known to be keenly interested in the post.

He declined to comment last week when thewest.com.au asked about succeeding Stevens, who flagged the likelihood that he would not apply to retain the position once his one-year contract expired.

Stevens was parachuted into the job midway through last season when Mickey Arthur was appointed to coach Australia.

"It was humbling to be given the chance to coach the Warriors and Scorchers and I thank the WACA as well as the players and staff for their support during my time here, especially in the past 12 months as head coach," Stevens said.

"I was fortunate to come to Perth two and a half years ago to assist Mickey Arthur, and I could not have asked for a better mentor.

"It was an honour to work alongside him and I cannot thank Mickey enough for his guidance and friendship during our time working together.

"It has been terrific to work with Christina Matthews and Ben Oliver from an operational point of view and I thank them both along with Adam Griffith, my assistant coach for the past year.

"I have really appreciated his input and work ethic.

"From a cricket point of view, I also thank Sam Gannon and Dennis Lillee for their personal and professional support during my time at the WACA. They have both helped me tremendously while I have been in Perth.

"Whilst the start of this season has been extremely challenging for all involved with the Warriors and Scorchers, I believe the past couple of seasons have been very rewarding and feel confident that we have laid foundations for a bright future. A fresh coaching structure and new programs will ensure a greater depth of State squad going forward.

"The timing of this announcement is not ideal during a season, but it was only fair for the WACA to begin the search for a permanent replacement since my future intentions have become clear.

"I am indebted to the WACA for the opportunity I have had at the helm of WA cricket and I wish everyone involved great success."