Justin Lee Langer is a left handed opening batsman and an occasional right arm medium bowler with the Australian cricket team. He has also kept the wicket at times for the Australian ODI team. Langer has played cricket for the Middlesex, Western Australia, Somerset and the Rajasthan Royals cricket teams.
Justin Langer started playing first class cricket since 1991. He made his debut in International cricket in a test match against West Indies at Adelaide in 1993. Langer scored 20 runs in the first innings off 79 balls and was caught behind the wickets by Murray on a ball by Benjamin. In the second innings, Langer scored his maiden half century and once again got caught behind the wicket by Murray this time off a ball by Bishop. He scored 54 runs in the innings which also included 4 boundaries after facing 146 balls. West Indies however won the match by 1 run in the narrowest victory in test cricket history.
The following year, Langer played his first One day International match against Sri Lanka at Sharjah. Though he did not come out to bat, Langer kept the wicket and even took a catch to dismiss Athula Samarasekera off a ball by Steve Waugh. Australia went on to win the match by 9 wickets. In 2007, Langer announced his retirement from test cricket. He later joined his former team mate Shane Warne with the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
In a total of 105 test matches, Langer has scored 7696 runs with a high score of 250. This also includes 23 centuries and 30 half centuries with a strike rate of 54.22. He also has a total of 160 runs in the 8 One day Internationals’ he has played.
In 2000, Justin was entitled to the Middlesex County Cricket Captain and the following year, in 2001, he was awarded with the title of the Wisden Cricketer of the Year. Also, Justin was the Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.