Sport news 'Absolute load of rubbish': Australia coach Justin Langer angrily defends Steve Smith against cheating accusations and backs captain Tim Paine despite his 'd***head' sledge... and says their behaviour is 'what great Test cricket is all about'
MetiNews.Com - Australia coach Justin Langer has backed Tim Paine's leadership and described media criticism of Steve Smith as 'rubbish' after fresh gamesmanship accusations leveled at the pair.
Breaking News ! Australia coach Justin Langer has come out firing against the critics of his Australia team's aggressive approach, its captain Tim Paine and star batsman Steve Smith.Langer backed Tim Paine's leadership and described criticism of Smith as 'absolute rubbish' after the batsman faced accusations of gamesmanship during the third Test against India.Skipper Paine has been under fire from former players and pundits for abusive sledging of Ravichandran Ashwin as the India spinner batted on the tense final day of the draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Paine, who was handed the task of restoring the team’s credibility after the Sandpapergate fiasco at Cape Town in 2018, was heard calling India’s Ravichandran Ashwin a 'd***head'. Australia coach Justin Langer (left) won't have a word said against Tim Paine (right) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next NASSER HUSSAIN: This talented England team can take their... Sri Lanka legend Rangana Herath backs England off-spinner... Home Lions series looks the ONLY option with Covid making... It's a big year for England ahead of series against India... Share this article Share Langer said Paine, who apologised for his conduct on Tuesday, had fallen short of the team's standards in Sydney but had barely put a 'hair out of place' in nearly three years leading the team. 'I have faith in Tim Paine. You've got no idea how much faith I have in Tim Paine,' Langer told reporters on Wednesday.'He has been outstanding as the Australian captain in everything he does.'He had a frustrating day. We've got to cut him some slack, surely.'(He's an) outstanding leader and will continue to be for some time to come yet... He has my 100 per cent support.'Langer was known for being one of the fieriest and most combative cricketers in Australia's greatest team, led by Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting in the 1990s and 2000s, and he insisted that verbal intimidation - something synonymous with those sides - is integral to Test cricket.
. Langer added on his team's behaviour: 'People do get under each other's skin don't they? That's what great Test cricket is all about.' Ashwin vs Australia ¿¿— Madan Gowri (@madan3) January 11, 2021 Paine had a barbed exchange with Ashwin that was picked up by the stump microphone Paine (left) clashed with Indian batsman Ravi Ashwin (right) during ill-tempered third TestSmith has been under scrutiny after video footage from the stump camera in Sydney showed him dragging his boot across the batting crease as Australia tried to bowl India out on day five.Former players accused him of trying to erase Rishabh Pant's guard but Smith said he was just marking centre as he would normally do if he was batting.Langer refuted any suggestion Smith was seeking an advantage.'I literally cannot believe some of the rubbish I read about Steve Smith. Absolute load of rubbish,' he said.'That wicket was that flat and it was like concrete, you'd need 15 inch spikes to make an indent on the crease. He added: 'Anyone who suggests for one millisecond he was trying to do something untoward, they are way out of line.'If anyone knows Steve Smith, he's a bit quirky and we've all laughed about it for the past couple of years.'Give me a break.' Steve Smith was at the centre of more controversy three years after the ball tampering scandal Stump camera picked up Smith appearing to scuff up the batsman's guard mark with his bootsThe series is level at 1-1 heading into the final test in Brisbane on Friday.Langer said opening batsman David Warner, who made five and 13 in Sydney and was hampered by his groin injury, would be fit to play at the Gabba.However, rookie opener Will Pucovski remained a doubt after injuring his shoulder in the field in Sydney.'We're really hopeful he'll get up, if he doesn't the obvious thing will be Marcus Harris will come in to open,' said Langer. Langer has come out strongly in defence of both Paine and Smith, and the team's attitude RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next NASSER HUSSAIN: This talented England team can take their... Sri Lanka legend Rangana Herath backs England off-spinner... Home Lions series looks the ONLY option with Covid making... It's a big year for England ahead of series against India...
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