Justin Langer will take interim charge of Australia for their three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka in February.

Langer will step into the role with full-time head coach Darren Lehmann set to be in India with Australia's Test team ahead of their four-match series.

Langer has filled in for Lehmann before, steering Australia to a tri-series limited-overs success in the Caribbean in June, and the Western Australia coach has twice led Perth Scorchers to the Big Bash League title.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with the national side in the Caribbean earlier this year and so I am excited and very grateful to get this opportunity to do it again, this time with the Twenty20 International squad against Sri Lanka," Langer said.

"Twenty20 International cricket is the one format in which Australia is yet to win a global tournament so every chance we get to play it and develop our skills is very significant. That means these three matches will be hugely important.

"The advantage myself and the players will have is that the series will come just over two weeks after the KFC Big Bash League wraps up so we should all still be in Twenty20 mode.

"And with several senior players set to be in India ahead of the Test series, it really will give players an added incentive to perform in the upcoming KFC BBL to put their names forward for selection in the Sri Lanka series."

Langer's appointment comes after Shane Warne claimed last month that he had spoken to Cricket Australia performance director Pat Howard about the possibility of coaching Australia for the series.

Reports Down Under suggested Warne's lack of coaching qualifications had counted against him, with the 47-year-old saying at the time: "They've just said 'look, we're considering you. Thanks very much for putting your hand up.'

"'I said 'look, I don't want to be one of those guys who sits back and says why aren't Cricket Australia doing this? Why aren't we doing that?

''If you don't think I'm qualified, I haven't got my level-three certificate, or I'm not coaching anyone at the moment means I can't do the job, then so be it.'"