Langer defends Australia's Ashes celebrations

Ruben Hill
September 12, 2019

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.

Australia retained the Ashes with a 185-run victory at Old Trafford on Sunday, but Bayliss does not believe Root's position is under threat.

Leach had helped England teammate Ben Stokes snatch a remarkable win in the third Test with a 76-run unbroken partnership, during which the spinner scored just one run.

"Experience tells me when you're doing well people try and pick holes in you".

"I was there, I know the truth, they were talking about Chris Rogers who was here four years ago", Langer told reporters on Tuesday. People can make of it what they like. When we won the first one, the World Cup, I felt a bit greedy. "People can make up what they like about it, but that's the truth".

Although Australia have already retained the Ashes, skipper Tim Paine is not satisfied yet as the team wants to finish the tour with a series win.

While Smith is the leading scorer in the series with 671 runs in three tests, team mate David Warner has struggled, scoring only 79 runs in eight innings with three ducks. "Looking forward to seeing him go well this week", Langer said.

"Everyone in this room, around the world, has seen the great spirit the World Cup and this series is played in".

As for Australia's chances of achieving an outright Ashes win - they are little different of course, although seeing a draw at The Oval (5/1) would also suffice for a 2-1 win, they are slightly stronger favourites for that achievement, at 8/15, compared to 6/4 for the 2-2 scoreline. He's a world class player, he's a match victor.

"But he's a match-winner and he's been brilliant around the group since he's been back (from suspension)". The fifth Ashes Test match will start on September 11.

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