Langer defends Australia's Old Trafford celebrations

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 11, 2019

Steve Smith's glorious Ashes has raised calls from some fans and pundits for his restoration to the Australia captaincy but incumbent Tim Paine has no plans to hand over the reins quietly.

Peter Siddle has returned fire at Steve Harmison over his comments about Steve Smith cheating.

He has a stunning 671 runs at 134.20 through the series, the backbone of Australia's 2-1 series lead.

The first ball is due to be delivered at 12:00 SA time. "It's all talk from you guys [the media]". You're marked and you take it to your grave. Atherton was later fined £2000 for failing to disclose the dirt to the match referee, but retained the captaincy.

Australia have retained the Ashes, England's second objective of their glorious World-Cup-winning summer has eluded them, and all that remains is a fifth Test at The Oval where a significant measure of pride can be upheld, if not any tangible rewards.

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Paine said he is "very hungry" to finish this Ashes series in England with another comprehensive victory. He highlighted the scene when a couple of his teammates tried mints to tamper the ball. It actually comes back on him. "I thought Virat Kohli was the best batsman I've ever seen because of the way he plays in all forms, but Steve Smith..."

Smith also inflamed tensions during celebrations on the field after the series-clinching win at Old Trafford.

He was seen wearing and rubbing a pair of glasses before shadow batting left-handed after Australia's victory in the fourth Test, but Australia say Steve Smith's post-match celebration at Old Trafford was poking fun at Chris Rogers, not Jack Leach.

While Rogers said he had received a picture from Smith, insisting he was the inspiration, even Rogers isn't so sure that is the truth.

The obvious conclusion was that he was unkindly parodying England's Jack Leach, though Australia coach Langer insists Smith was mimicking Chris Rogers - who last played for Australia in 2015.

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