Langer defends Australia's Old Trafford celebrations

Ruben Hill
September 11, 2019

I want to see him producing on the field and I want to see him winning matches for England with his bowling. It's just the calf keeps twanging. "I'm not saying he can't get there". Whether there's anything specific I can do: diet, gym programme, supplements, whatever it might be.

"I still feel like I can perform at this level". There's no better place in the world to bat than the Oval.

"I'll look at how other sportspeople have done it throughout their careers to keep going into their late 30s".

Jimmy Anderson will consider changing his diet in a bid to prolong his Test career after the disappointment of missing the Ashes through injury - and has even looked at the possibility of going vegan. One thing on which he will not compromise, however, is performance.

Speaking at an event for Specsavers, he said: "I'm realistic".

"I thought it was a brilliant Test match and a good wicket".

"I think everyone in this room, everyone around the world has seen the great spirit the World Cup and this series have been played in".

Australia can clinch their first Test series win in England since 2001 if they avoid defeat in the last match, which starts at the Oval on Thursday.

'We go to Australia and get pitches that suit them.

"If we're being brutally honest, I think they've suited Australia more than us". They come over here and get pitches that suit them. I would have liked to have seen a bit more grass but that's the nature of the game here. It doesn't seem quite right. We might see some changes through the winter but a few of the guys looked like they were trying to do the right thing and gutsed it out and did well on the at last day [at Old Trafford], so we've made a decision to give them another opportunity.

"We as a country or a cricket board don't use home advantage enough".

After a summer which has brought the delirium of England's World Cup victory - the task for which Bayliss was hired, and for which he received a hearty bonus - Bayliss said that now was "the natural time to go" and end his stint in charge. "I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team".

Australia coach Justin Langer has defended his players' boisterous celebrations after retaining the Ashes following claims they mocked England spin bowler Jack Leach.

"Experience tells me that when you're doing well, people will try and pick holes in you", said Langer.

"That's okay. That's life - I was there, I know the truth, they were talking about Chris Rogers who was here four years ago and that's actually the truth of it".

"Chris Rogers is a great mate of the squad, that's what it was about".

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