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Justin Langer defends Steve Smith over the pitch scruffing controversy in Sydney Take a look at – NewsEverything Cricket

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  • Steve Smith was criticised for apparently scuffing Rishabh Pant’s guard on the SCG.

  • Australia and India will now lock horns within the fourth Take a look at on the Gabba, starting January 15.

Australia head coach Justin Langer has defended Steve Smith after the latter was accused of intentionally scuffing away the guard of India batsman Rishabh Pant on the ultimate day of the third Take a look at at Sydney Cricket Floor (SCG).

Because the video was extensively shared on social media, a number of former cricketers, together with Virender Sehwag and Michael Vaughan, lashed out at Smith, who was concerned within the ball-tampering controversy in 2018.

Speaking about the entire incident, Langer mentioned: “As for Steve Smith. I can actually not imagine among the garbage I’ve examine Steve Smith. An absolute load of garbage. If anybody who is aware of Steve Smith, he’s a bit quirky and he does some bizarre stuff. Now we have all laughed about it… it’s what Steve Smith does on the crease. He does it most video games, he is considering batting.”

“Anybody who suggests for one millisecond he was doing something untoward, they’re method out of line…. completely out of line. That wicket was that flat and it was like concrete. You want 15-inch spikes to make an indent on the crease. Severely, I assumed that was completely ludicrous. Within the final couple of years since he has been again, he has been exemplary on and off the sphere. He has let his bat do the speaking, he was abused like something I’ve by no means seen in England, however he saved smiling and let his bat do the speaking. Give me a break,” he added.

The fourth and closing Take a look at will get underway on Friday at Gabba in Brisbane, with the sequence locked at 1-1.

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