Warner defends under-fire Smith

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Australia batsman David Warner leapt to the defence of Steve Smith, insisting the captain did a "great job" in the first Test against Pakistan.

Smith was criticised for his tactics in Brisbane despite the hosts claiming a 39-run win in the series opener.

Warner, Australia's vice-captain, found it hard to believe Smith was being questioned.

He said: "It's bizarre how people are mentioning things about the way he went about the field placements and his bowling changes and the way he used 'Gazza' [spinner Nathan Lyon].

"At the end of the day, we did win the game. There'd probably be a lot more talk if we didn't.

"But I felt, and he communicated with me out there, the way he went about it was the right way.

"He thinks on his feet when he's out there and goes with his gut and it came off.

"If it was on the flip side and we lost, we could answer those questions, but I thought he did a great job."

Australia face Pakistan in the second Test starting at the MCG on Boxing Day.