Born at Perth, Western Australia in 1970, Justin Langer is a left-handed top order batsman, right-arm medium bowler and occasional wicket keeper. He has represented his native Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield since making his debut in 1991/92 and has played over 75 Tests for Australia. His highest career score so far is 274 n.o. for Western Australia versus South Australia at the WACA Perth in 1996/97. He was capped in 1998 and enjoyed a good initial season with the county. Whilst scoring 166, he added a county record 372 for the first wicket with Mike Gatting (241) against Essex at Southgate in 1998 and completed the season with 1,448 runs (av. 62.95) with 4 centuries of which his highest was 233 n.o. versus Somerset at Lord's. He took a single wicket against Northamptonshire at Lord's and he held 15 catches.