'I'll be biased': Justin Langer and Ellyse Perry back female CEO

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter
Aussie cricket coach Justin Langer (pictured right) has praised WACA Chief Executive Officer Christina Matthews (pictured left) as a potential CA chief. (Getty Images)

Potential Cricket Australia chief candidate Christina Matthews already has the backing of Ellyse Perry and Justin Langer if she were to make another push for the role.

Matthews will be able to secure a brilliant character reference from Langer if she applies to be Cricket Australia's next chief executive, he has revealed, but so too will Andrew Strauss and plenty of other contenders.

WACA chief executive Matthews progressed to the final stages of CA's search for James Sutherland's successor in 2018, only for the board to select Kevin Roberts.

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Roberts was removed this week and the governing body has promised to undertake another thorough search before making the vitally-important appointment.

Matthews hired Langer as coach of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers in 2012, starting a partnership that successfully tackled what the latter described at the time as a "culture problem".

It was also the promotion that allowed Langer to develop as a coach, paving the way for him to become Darren Lehmann's successor in 2018.

"She's a good mate of mine," Langer told reporters.

"I'll put that on the table.

"I'll be biased. She was a great supporter of mine in WA cricket. We formed a great alliance.

"She was a great operator. She's honest, incredibly hard working. She's a bright lady, I've got nothing but praise for her."

Aussie star Ellyse Perry backs Matthews

Australia cricket star Elyse Perry also said she felt it was the right time for a female to lead Cricket Australia.

“I think Cricket Australia ha been ready for a female CEO for a long,” she said.

“I know Chris [Christina Matthews] was in discussions for the last round of hiring for the role.”

Perry had plenty of praise for the other women working across cricket in Australia.

“Really they’ll just want to select the best candidate. We’ve got a number of women working in high-executive roles in Cricket Australia,” she added.

“Belinda Clark and Steph Beltrame to name a couple, and they are absolutely pivotal in the way they operate.”

Ellyse Perry of the Australian Women's T20 World Cup team greets supporters after winning the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

Langer will watch CA's recruitment process with interest, but noted it was important he supports interim CEO Nick Hockley.

The national coach added England's former director of cricket Strauss, another notable figure in the mix to replace Roberts, was also a good friend.

"I'll say equally nice things about Andrew Strauss," he said.

"I'm sure some of the other people talked about for this role will be mates of mine or colleagues.

"We're going to hear all sorts of names."

With AAP