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Langer reveals objectives

Justin Langer is determined to bring Western Australia cricket "back to life" after taking over as head coach.

The former Test opener, who was born in Perth, was unveiled by the Warriors today as Lachlan Stevens' replacement, tasked with helping a youthful side bring the state its first silverware since winning the 2003-04 50-over competition.

The 41-year-old said: "I'm very passionate about Western Australian cricket so to be able to pursue my ambition of coaching in my home state, with people I care deeply about, is really exciting.

"I've got two main objectives.

"One is to bring cricket back to life in WA. Looking from an outside point of view, there are a lot of people who love cricket in this state who are bleeding at the moment.

"The other objective is to help these boys to become men on and off the cricket field.

"I think if we help them develop into men, we're going to see results on the cricket field and people are going to be proud of them off the field, so that's an area we're really going to develop."

Langer confirmed that the Marsh brothers, Shaun and Mitchell, both have a future with WA despite their recent disciplinary issues but stressed the importance of the duo buying in to the culture he is looking to instil within the playing group.

The pair were dropped for Perth Scorchers' final Twenty20 Champions League game against Auckland Aces as a result of a night out to celebrate Mitchell's 21st birthday.

Marcus North has since stood down as captain, and though he cited poor form as the reason for his decision it adds to the sense of a side in disarray.

Langer accepts much has to change, and said: "Perception is reality.

"Whether the guys like it or not, the perception out there is that we are a bit of a shambles. We're on drugs and drinking and playing poor cricket, I've heard it all before.

"So is there a culture issue? Yes, it's something we've got to look at and be strong with."

Langer ruled out any possibility of Simon Katich returning to represent his home state in the four-day format despite his Big Bash League stint with the Scorchers.

"I don't think he'll come back permanently," he said.

"I've spoken to him a couple of times and he will be back for the Scorchers.

"He is the kind of guy you want standing alongside you in the trenches and that's exactly what we want here, so the more we can have him involved the better."