Ashes 2019: Langer Denies Smith Was Mocking Leach with Glasses Celebration

Jack Leach and Steve Smith

Jack Leach and Steve Smith

Justin Langer has defended Australia's celebrations after their decisive fourth-Test victory over England which saw them retain the Ashes.

Post Australia's triumph in Manchester a picture of Steve Smith has been doing the rounds in which the right-handed batsman is seen wearing spectacles and taking guard as a left-handed batsman.

Leach was an unlikely hero in the third test at Headingley when he came in at number 11 and helped centurion Ben Stokes chase 359 to win.

It led to speculation he was parodying the spinner, something coach Langer denied and insisted Smith was instead mimicking bespectacled former Australia opener Chris Rogers.

"That is actually the truth of it. 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.

"Experience tells me, when you're doing well people try and pick holes in you", Langer told reporters. That's OK, that's life.

"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".

As a member of one of Australia's greatest Test teams in the 1990s and 2000s, Langer experienced many victory parties and he joked the current generation's celebration was not especially impressive. "That's all I know", Rogers told 10 daily.

"There is a good feeling in the group". I don't know whose brain spark it was to leave Woakes out of the Old Trafford Test, but they probably don't deserve to be a selector anymore, ' added Pietersen.

England coach Trevor Bayliss also played down the controversy.

"Fake news, Is that what Donald Trump says?"

He added: "No-one has mentioned it or spoken about it. It's all talk from you guys (the media)".

The final test at the Oval in London begins on Thursday local time. But, from my side, I want to win.

"From a cricket sense we've had a lot of good performances, the cherry on top the World Cup win". However, Langer said he was not anxious about the opening batsman's form.