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SportLanger denies Smith was mocking Leach

19:05  10 september  2019
19:05  10 september  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Steve Smith wears glasses appearing to mock Jack Leach as he celebrates retaining the Ashes at Old Trafford alongside Nathan Lyon and surrounded by Getty photographer Ryan Pierse said Smith was not mocking Leach but mimicking Aussie batsman Chris Rogers, who played with glasses on.

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Langer denies Smith was mocking Leach © Getty Steve Smith was pictured wearing glasses during Australia's victory celebrations at Old Trafford

Australian head coach Justin Langer has denied Steve Smith was mocking Jack Leach after their fourth Test victory which saw the team retain the Ashes.

Following the visitors 185-run win in Manchester, Smith was pictured stepping into the centre of a team huddle, wiping a pair of glasses before showing-batting left-handed just as the England spinner does.

"Experience tells me that when you're doing well, people will try and pick holes in you," Langer said. "I know the truth, Chris Rogers is a great mate of the squad, that's all it's about.

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Steve Smith has been accused of taking a swipe at England's Jack Leach in Australia's celebrations after winning the Ashes. Australia headed back out onto the field in full whites along with beers before mocking their England counterparts. Nathan Lyon started things off with a speech which included an

Smith — who has dominated the series — was then invited into the middle of the team huddle where he “wiped a pair of glasses, put them on and shadow “Bit of chat in the UK and Australian press this morning that Steve Smith was mocking Jack Leach last night,” Pierse tweeted. “The fact is Steve

"People can make up what they like about it, but that's the truth. Everyone around the world has seen the great spirit the World Cup and this series has been played in."

Langer denies Smith was mocking Leach © Getty Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Smith's celebration appeared to be an unkind parody of Leach, who was forced to wipe his glasses regularly as he resolutely kept out the Australian bowlers during the third Test at Headingley.

Having played a crucial part in helping England win the match, Leach returned to Yorkshire pitch after the match to re-enact the single he scored during his unbeaten innings.

However, Langer believes the celebrations witnessed by his side at Old Trafford were relatively muted because the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval, which starts on Thursday, follows so soon.

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Smith moved to the centre of the circle, wiped a pair of glasses similar in style to those worn by Jack Leach and put them on. Bit of chat in the UK and Australian press this morning that Steve Smith was mocking Jack Leach last night. The fact is Steve donned some glasses as a nod to the great Chris

STEVE SMITH appeared to mock Jack Leach during Australia's victory celebrations at Old Trafford. The Aussie players and staff returned to the pitch dressed in their whites and with beers about two hours after they completed their Ashes-clinching win.

"That celebration was two out of 10 to some of the ones I have seen because we knew we had to play three days later," he added.

Langer denies Smith was mocking Leach © Reuters Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

"When you have a good day you have to celebrate it as long as you move on and get ready for the next one. We've said the whole time, I've said it since day one, we're here to win the Ashes, so whilst the other day was a great experience, we have still go some business to do.

"There is a good feeling in the group, they know there is still unfinished business and we are looking forward to this last Test match."

Meanwhile, despite David Warner's poor run of form during the series, which has seen him make single figure in seven of his eight innings so far, Langer said the opener would retain his place in the side.

"Davey hasn't had a great series," he admitted. "There's no secret about that, but he's also a great player. I've said throughout the whole series if Davey has one good series he'll help us win the Ashes.

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Steve Smith was seen mocking Jack Leach as he tried batting left-handed and what was also amusing was to see him sporting glasses which are Specsavers, the official sponsor of Ashes 2019, gave Leach a spectacle subscription for life and Stokes lauded the generous act from the sponsors.

STEVE SMITH mocked Jack Leach during Australia's victory celebrations at Old Trafford. The Aussie team returned to the pitch dressed in their whites and with beers about Lyon also poked fun at Leach last night by shouting "no ball" in reference to when Leach dismissed Smith in the first-innings at Old

Langer denies Smith was mocking Leach © Getty (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

"He probably hasn't been through this lean run before so it's going to be a good test of his character. He's been good for the crowds, he's been good amongst the group.

"He hasn't got the runs he'd like at the moment but I'm looking forward to it when he does. There's no better place in the world to bat than The Oval. Looking forward to seeing him go well this week."

Watch the fifth and final Test, from The Oval, live on Sky Sports The Ashes from 10am on Thursday, September 12.

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