Justin Langer has denied Australia’s post match celebrations at Old Trafford were designed to poke fun at England’s Jack Leach.
Steve Smith has been criticised for wearing glasses and seemingly mimicking Leach while celebrating with his team-mates on the outfield at Old Trafford on Sunday night after Australia won the Test to retain the Ashes.
Langer has insisted Smith was actually making a joke at the expense of Chris Rogers, the former Australia opener who played on the 2015 Ashes tour and is close to several members of this side.
“Experience tells me when you're doing well people try and pick holes in you. That's ok, that's life. I was there, I know the truth, they were talking about Chris Rogers, who was here four years ago,” said Langer.
“That is actually the truth of it. Chris Rogers is a great mate of the squad, that's what it was about. People can make of it what they like. We can't do anything of what people make of it. Everyone in this room, around the world, has seen the great spirit the World Cup and this series is played in. There's been great spirit throughout.”
Australia could make a few changes this week and are contemplating resting Pat Cummins after a heavy workload in this series. England’s batsmen will be relieved not to face him again but James Pattinson and Peter Siddle are both more than resettable replacements.
“Pat's also had the whole World Cup. He played every game in the World Cup. They also know it's a big Test match. We'll see how they pull up. They didn't do anything today, only have a light day tomorrow,” said Langer.
“It's taking its toll. Joe Root said before the series there's going to be some fatigue in both the camps after a World Cup and now we're in the last week of a four and a half month stint, there's certainly some fatigue there - that's mental and physical. We'll weigh that up over the next two days to see if those guys play or not. England will be feeling the same way, though.”