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Langer defends Australia's Ashes celebrations

11 September 2019

Following victory in the fourth Test, Australia's players were accused of mocking England spinner Jack Leach as Steve Smith was seen wearing a pair of glasses amid the celebrations.

Like Leach, Rogers was a left-handed batsman and he sometimes wore glasses on the field; though he did not bat in them during his Test career, instead using contact lenses.

"Now I'm not saying that you don't do these things".

"Whether I'm a smokescreen, I'm not exactly sure".

"But I am looking forward to getting home".

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The Australians were reportedly frustrated at Leach wasting time, pausing play on a number of occasions to clean his specs.

Leach may have become a target due to his own post-match celebrations. He also played a key role during a 10th-wicket partnership with centurion Ben Stokes during England's triumph in the third Ashes series Test at Headingley in Leeds. "Who cares? It was all a bit of fun".

Neither the Australian or England camps have taken kindly to the story, which was driven hard in sections of the English media.

But Langer said Smith was actually teasing former Australian opener Chris Rogers.

"You can't just give them that experience, they have to earn that and we're very thankful to have Steve batting", he said.

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"That's OK, that's life".

"Chris Rogers is a great mate of the squad, that's what it was about". People can make of it what they like, we can't do anything about what people make of it. We can't do anything of what people make of it.

To stand any chance of levelling the series, the World Cup winners will have to find a way to solve the riddle of the immovable Smith, who has scored 671 runs in just five innings at an astonishing average of more than 134. There's been great spirit throughout. "People can make up what they like about it, but that's the truth".

Their failure in the Ashes has prompted questions over the Yorkshireman's position, but outgoing coach Trevor Bayliss is adamant the captain retains the support of the England hierarchy. But Bayliss has backed the batsman and said that there were no issues with his skipper. "No one has mentioned it or spoken about it".

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