Langer defends Australia's Old Trafford celebrations

Gary Ballance has scored heavily this season but is unlikely to find the favour of the selectors again

He has been tormented by Stuart Broad in particular, but Australia coach Justin Langer has once agian thrown his weight behind the opener saying the Oval is the ideal place for Warner to hit form.

Australia has retained the Ashes after the win at Old Trafford, but a series win will rely on a win or a draw in the final Test, which begins on Thursday.

"That's okay. That's life - I was there, I know the truth, they were talking about Chris Rogers who was here four years ago and that's actually the truth of it".

"Experience tells me when you're doing well people try and pick holes in you".

"Chris Rogers is a great mate of the squad, that's what it was about". We can't do anything of what people make of it.

As a member of one of Australia's greatest Test teams in the 1990s and 2000s, Langer experienced many victory parties and he joked the current generation's celebration was not especially impressive.

"So, we'll weigh that up over the next two days to see if those guys play or not".

"When you have a good day you have to celebrate it as long as you move on and get ready for the next one".

"He's been great, good for the crowds, good amongst the group".

England coach Trevor Bayliss also played down the controversy. "We've got back to back Test matches - physically and emotionally it was very taxing that last game, particularly after the third Test", he said.

"Fake news, Is that what Donald Trump says?" "No one has mentioned it or spoken about it".

The bookmakers, however, aren't entirely convinced they can do it. Australia remain the slender favourites to close out the match and hence the series - they are 21/20 to do just that, against England's more generous (though hardly compelling) price of 6/4.

David Warner has made only 79 runs from eight innings in the ongoing Ashes, with ducks in each of his last three innings. "Looking forward to seeing him go well this week", Langer said.

"I don't want to see the crowd talking about how amusing he is, or how amusing that run was, or Specsavers".

After a summer which has brought the delirium of England's World Cup victory - the task for which Bayliss was hired, and for which he received a hearty bonus - Bayliss said that now was "the natural time to go" and end his stint in charge.



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