Rob Langer

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Rob Langer
Personal information
Full name Robert Samuel Langer
Born (1948-10-03) 3 October 1948 (age 68)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relations JL Langer (nephew)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1974–1982 Western Australia
First-class debut 19 January 1974 Western Australia v New Zealanders
Last First-class 26 February 1982 Western Australia v Queensland
List A debut 2 February 1974 Western Australia v New South Wales
Last List A 6 March 1982 Western Australia v Victoria
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 44 15
Runs scored 2756 338
Batting average 43.06 28.16
100s/50s 5/18 0/1
Top score 150* 99*
Balls bowled 448 80
Wickets 5 2
Bowling average 39.00 25.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/14 2/18
Catches/stumpings 19/– 6/–
Source: CricketArchive, 16 December 2009

Robert Samuel Langer (born 3 October 1948 in Subiaco, Western Australia) is a former cricketer who played for Western Australia in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a left-handed middle order batsman and occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. Langer's first-class career extended from 1973–1974 until 1981–1982.[1] He made 2,756 first-class runs in 44 matches at an average of 43.06 with a highest score of 150 not out. In 15 limited overs matches, his best score was 99 not out in a total of 338 runs at 28.16 average. Langer scored five first-class hundreds and 18 half-centuries during his career.[1] In 1977, he signed to play World Series Cricket for the WSC Australian team and spent the 1977–78 and 1978–79 seasons with WSC.[2]

Career[edit]

Langer made his first class debut in 1973-74 for West Australia against New Zealand, scoring 42 and 20.[3]

He began the 1974-75 season well with 41 not out and 66 against South Australia[4] and 62 against the touring English side.[5] Towards the end of the 1974-75 season, he scored his maiden first class century, 150 against Victoria,[6][7] then made 72 against NSW.[8] Some journalists said he was a possibility of the 1975 Ashes[9] but he was not picked.

In 1975-76 Langer scored 111 and 64 against NSW but was outshone by Kim Hughes' century in the latter's first class debut.[10][11] He made 91 and 76 against the touring West Indians.[12] There was instability in the Australian team that summer; Langer was discussed as a test prospect[13] but the selectors eventually went with Graham Yallop and Gary Cosier.

Langer performed well during the 1976-77 season, including 55 and 76 against New South Wales,[14] 77 against Victoria,[15] 87 against Pakistan,[16] 52 against Victoria,[17] 71 vs NSW[18] and 83 against the touring English.[19] In January 1977 Ian Chappell picked Langer for his hypothetical squad to tour England in 1977, stating that:

Langer impresses me because he has proven himself as a consistent batsmen over the past few years. I've always believed that it takes 3-4 years to prove yourself as a Shield batsman, and Langer has achieved that. He is more of a grafting batsman than any of his rivals and that should definitely count in his favour, given the current state of Australian batting. He probably doesn't have as much natural ability as some others around, but he has proved that he can make best use of what he has got. He's prepared to work hard, and has tightened his game a lot since he came into first class cricket. His ability to get his head down and his tight defence will both be strong assets in England.[20]

However Australian selectors preferred Hughes, Craig Serjeant and David Hookes.

World Series Cricket[edit]

In October 1977 Langer signed to play with World Series Cricket for three years at a total of $75,000. Langer considered the offer for almost three weeks.[21]

Langer played two supertests during the 1977-78 season, making 45 and 8 against the West Indies[22] and 39 and 12 against the World XI.[23]

Return to First Class Cricket[edit]

In 1979-80 Langer scored 137 against the touring West Indians[24] and 102 against Queensland.[25][26] However he was not able to force his way into the Australian side.

He was dropped from West Australia in 1980-81 but forced his way back in to the side. He made 84 against the touring Indians.[27]

In the 1981-82 season he scored 140 against Queensland,[28] and 75 against Tasmania.[29] He also scored 99 not out in a one-day game against Tasmania, winning the man of the match award.[30] Langer retired from first class cricket at the end of the season.

Retirement[edit]

After retiring from cricket, Langer went on to be Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Speedway Commission from 1999 until 2001, whereupon he became a Senior Consultant. In June 2002, Langer was appointed as High Performance Manager for the Western Australian Cricket Association.[31]

Langer is the uncle of Justin Langer, former Australian Test batsman and Somerset captain, when he retired from all competitive cricket in 2009.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cricket Archive Rob Langer retrieved 21 June 2007
  2. ^ Cricket Archive Other matches played by Rob Langer retrieved 21 June 2007
  3. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/33/33971.html
  4. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/34/34782.html
  5. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/34/34808.html
  6. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/34/34934.html
  7. ^ "NSW in sound shield position". The Canberra Times. 49, (13,998). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 25 February 1975. p. 16. Retrieved 19 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/34/34947.html
  9. ^ "Selectors to watch Adelaide match". The Canberra Times. 49, (14,007). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 7 March 1975. p. 18. Retrieved 19 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  10. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/35/35675.html
  11. ^ "WA takes firm grip on Shield match". The Canberra Times. 50, (14,213). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 3 November 1975. p. 12. Retrieved 19 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  12. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/35/35752.html
  13. ^ "100,000 MARK MAY BE BROKEN Record crowd likely for Melbourne Test". The Canberra Times. 50, (14,254). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 20 December 1975. p. 33. Retrieved 19 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  14. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/36/36647.html
  15. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/36/36656.html
  16. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/36/36712.html
  17. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/36/36797.html
  18. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/36/36847.html
  19. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/36/36874.html
  20. ^ Chappell, Ian (January 1977). "England 1977... Ian Chappell Predicts". Cricketer. p. 21. 
  21. ^ "LATE NEWS Langer signs with Packer". The Canberra Times. 52, (14,913). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 24 October 1977. p. 1. Retrieved 19 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  22. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/37/37734.html
  23. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/37/37775.html
  24. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/39/39872.html
  25. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/39/39967.html
  26. ^ "Shipperd, Langer 100s". The Canberra Times. 54, (16,223). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 25 February 1980. p. 18. Retrieved 19 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  27. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/40/40745.html
  28. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/41/41801.html
  29. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/41/41925.html
  30. ^ http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/41/41918.html
  31. ^ CricInfo WACA announces two new appointments retrieved 21 June 2007

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