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Langer job safe despite far-reaching review
Justin Langer. Pic: WA News

Justin Langer's three-year appointment as WA coach will not be affected by a review of WACA cricket operations designed to root out the culture of mediocrity that has afflicted the Warriors for much of the past decade.

Findings of the review sparked by the Perth Scorchers' contro- versial Champions League campaign in South Africa last October will be presented to the WACA board this month.

Saying it had parallels to the Argus report that led to widespread operational changes at Cricket Australia, WACA chief executive Christina Matthews promised that any recommendations would be implemented swiftly.

But there were unlikely to be any senior coach or management changes.

"We made decisions on the coaching appointment based on where we wanted to head and the style of person we wanted," Matthews said.

"Every position will be examined (but) we are pretty confident the coach we put in place was a positive move as far as that review goes.

"We were looking at the ongoing culture and history of WA cricket.

"Out of South Africa, the big issue was people questioning the culture of the cricket at elite level and how long that had been in place."

The review is being carried out by Humilitas, a consultancy run by West Coast's leadership manager Peter Worsfold, and involved interviews with current and former players, including some from the 1960s, coaches, staff and board members.

"It is similar in concept to Argus though focused purely on the Warriors and Scorchers programs," Matthews said.

The review will not examine district cricket which has become increasingly dysfunctional since being hived off from the WACA last decade but has a crucial role to play in Langer's bid to improve WA.

An internal district cricket review was completed last year though it did not address the decline in playing standards, funding and facilities, the archaic restrictions on player movements and the far-reaching loss of volunteers across junior and club ranks.

Matthews said the two reviews were separate but acknowledged that improvements at State level were not possible without attention to grassroots cricket.

"There is a two-pronged process to stronger bonds between elite and grassroots - it is at coaching and club level but also an administrative level that we are starting to look at," she said.

"A close relationship between what we do and what clubs do is vital to the success of cricket in WA."