Justin Langer – New Book

18/11/20 Category: Blog, Featured, Featured Bradman Posted by:



format: high-quality, soft-cover, fully illustrated
size: 220 × 220 mm
pages: 52
rrp: $24.99
release: November 2020

Watch The Justin Langer Press Conference Here!

When he had just embarked on his international cricket journey, Justin Langer sought advice from the great Sir Donald Bradman. This helped set him on the pathway to a wonderful Test career.

Now, just as he did for the Australian men’s team, Justin has stepped in to help a struggling new kids’ team – the Kangaroos.

JL takes the team through much more than skills training, as he honours the same spirit of Aussie cricket that he instilled into the national men’s side. He shares with them the importance of mateship, pride in effort, fair play, honesty, integrity, patience, courage and modesty. JL encourages the eleven aspiring cricketers to embrace these ideals as they strive to become Team Kangaroo.

Here’s a sneak-peek inside:


Listen to the Justin Langer interview:



Justin Langer tells kids that cricket the Aussie Way is about having fun with your mates while learning the skills of our great game.

Australian men’s cricket team coach Justin Langer has taken time out before embarking on his hectic summer of international cricket to pass on the inspiration and advice to junior cricketers he learned from his own correspondence with Sir Donald Bradman nearly 30 years ago.

“As well as giving me valuable technical advice, Sir Donald told me he always played to have fun because he loved cricket,” Langer said in Perth today.

“His letter to me is a treasured memory on my study wall. I see it every day when I’m at home”.

Langer shares his advice to junior cricketers in a new book, Cricket – The Aussie Way! with Justin Langer, released to coincide with the start of the new cricket season.

The book, published by Perth-based Churchill Press on behalf of the Bradman Museum, started as a thought about updating the classic Sir Donald Bradman book, The Art of Cricket.

It developed from there to become a story about a struggling junior team – a narrative designed to engage young cricketers and emphasise Langer’s message that cricket is about more than just winning.

Mateship, pride in effort, fair play, honesty, integrity, patience, courage and modesty are part of the Langer message.

He does also offer practical tips, including the importance of practice, noting that his former national captain Ricky Ponting used to say you don’t get better at something by doing less of it. JL also draws on the ethos of another of his captains, Steve Waugh – “Attitude is contagious. Is yours worth catching?”

JL’s insights include:

“Train hard and train often.”

“Have goals and be inspired by others”

“Learn from your heroes.”

“It’s just a game … keep it simple.”

“Love the game, always look to improve, and compete with sportsmanship, integrity and respect.”

The text is by educator and children’s author Mike Lefroy, from Fremantle, who created a story about a fictional junior cricket team who ask Langer for advice, initially via one of their fathers, who played junior footy with Langer in their youth.

Lefroy said engaging and exciting children with Langer’s advice and love of the game was best done by telling a story which Australian kids of all backgrounds could identify with and enjoy.

Cricket – The Aussie Way! with Justin Langer
by Mike Lefroy, illustrated by Khrob Edmonds, Churchill Press (Perth) 2020 for the Bradman Museum. RRP $24.99

Available at bookstores Australia-wide and online and at www.bradman.com.au

Further information:

Phil Bonser (Publisher) 0412 771 074

Rina Hore (Executive Director Bradman Museum) 0408 253 800

Mike Lefroy (Author) 0430 381 957

Khrob Edmonds (Illustrator) 0467 902 241

About the Bradman Museum

The Bradman Museum, located in Bowral NSW, is a history making charitable trust. Supported by Sir Donald Bradman to recognize and celebrate the past, the present and the possibilities through cricket. Whether it’s the Museum’s oldest bat from c. 1750, to Don’s childhood blade, Ian Chappell’s World Series Cricket helmet, Justin Langer’s Baggy Green or Belinda Clark’s Collection of career match worn clothing, the living museum provides cricket with a trusted and safe place to preserve its memories, record its accomplishments and tell stories of its great characters.

A key driver of our purpose is to provide all children, regardless of ability or experience with the opportunity to play, to learn about the game and its impact on social issues around the world. Cricket is a fabulous vehicle to communicate strong messages on issues that can unite and impact change.

The Bradman brand is a uniting force for the future.

Contact: Rina Hore – Executive Director            

[email protected].

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