Langer defends Australia’s Old Trafford celebrations

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

The tourists marked their 185-run win on day five, which handed them a 2-1 lead going into Thursday's fifth Test at The Oval, with a raucous on-field party.

At one stage Steve Smith was seen wearing and rubbing a pair of glasses before shadow batting left-handed in the middle of a team huddle.

The obvious conclusion was that he was unkindly parodying England's Jack Leach, though Australia coach Langer insists Smith was mimicking Chris Rogers – who last played for Australia in 2015.

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"Experience tells me that when you're doing well, people will try and pick holes in you," said Langer.

"I know the truth, Chris Rogers is a great mate of the squad, that's all it's about. People can make up what they like about it, but that's the truth."

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