Australia coach Justin Langer has backed Tim Paine’s management and described media criticism of Steve Smith as “rubbish” after the batsman confronted accusations of gamesmanship within the wake of the third Test towards India.
Skipper Paine has been underneath hearth from former gamers and pundits for abusive sledging of R. Ashwin because the India spinner batted on the tense last day of the draw on the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Langer mentioned Paine, who apologised for his conduct on Tuesday, had fallen in need of the crew’s requirements in Sydney however had barely put a “hair out of place” in almost three years main the crew.
“He has been outstanding as the Australian captain in everything he does,” Langer advised reporters on Wednesday.
“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 percent support.”
Smith has been underneath scrutiny after video footage from the stump digicam in Sydney confirmed him dragging his boot throughout the batting crease as Australia tried to bowl India out on Day Five. Former gamers accused him of making an attempt to erase Rishabh Pant’s guard however Smith mentioned he was simply marking centre as he would usually do if he was batting.
Langer refuted any suggestion Smith was in search of a bonus.
“Absolute load of rubbish. If anyone knows Steve Smith, he’s a bit quirky and we’ve all laughed about it for the past couple of years,” he said.
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“Anyone who suggests for one millisecond he was trying to do something untoward, they are way out of line. Give me a break.”
The sequence is degree at 1-1 heading into the ultimate Test in Brisbane on Friday.
Langer mentioned opening batsman David Warner, who made 5 and 13 in Sydney and was hampered by his groin damage, could be match to play on the Gabba. However, rookie opener Will Pucovski remained a doubt after injuring his shoulder within the subject 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,” mentioned Langer.