‘We have laughed about how all he thinks about is batting, says Langer.
Justin Langer, the top coach of the Australian cricket group, has backed Steve Smith after the latter was greeted with criticism following the Sydney pitch-scuffing saga on the Sydney Cricket Floor. In a video on social media, Smith was seen on the striker’s finish, after which Rishabh Pant needed to take a recent guard. Smith’s actions didn’t go down nicely with the netizens.
Even former England captain Michael Vaughan took a dig on the 31-year-old for his actions on the SCG. Nonetheless, Langer, additionally a former Australian cricketer, was clear minimize in saying that Smith wasn’t responsible and the talks round him are uncalled-for. Langer was of the opinion that on the exhausting Sydney observe, it wasn’t potential for Smith to make an impression together with his brief spikes.
I’ve by no means heard a lot garbage in my life: Justin Langer
“All the things stated about Steve Smith is completely ludicrous … The wicket on the SCG was like concrete, he would’ve wanted 15-inch spikes to do what individuals had been accusing him of doing and messing up Pant’s guard,” Langer was quoted as saying throughout a press convention forward of the Brisbane Take a look at.
“We’ve laughed about how all he thinks about is batting. He was simply standing there, fascinated by batting. He’s 100 per cent harmless on this. Give me a break, I’ve by no means heard a lot garbage in my life,” Langer said.
Earlier, Tim Paine, the Australian Take a look at skipper, additionally had Smith’s again, saying that ‘marking the pitch’ is what the latter has performed innumerable instances.
“Should you’ve watched Steve Smith play Take a look at cricket, that’s one thing he does each single recreation 5 – 6 instances a day. He’s at all times standing within the batting crease, shadow batting. As we all know, he’s acquired these many Steve Smith quirks, and a type of is he’s at all times marking centre,” Paine instructed.
The controversy, considerably, overshadowed Smith’s efficiency with the bat in hand. Within the first innings, he weaved magic, scoring 131 runs earlier than Ravindra Jadeja ran him out. Within the second innings, he acquired 81 runs earlier than Ravi Ashwin accounted for his wicket. He’ll now be seeking to make an impression within the fourth Take a look at, beginning January 15 at The Gabba in Brisbane.