The Australian coach criticized both players.
Australian coach Justin Langer on Wednesday gave “100%” support and blatant criticism of Steve Smith as “absolute nonsense” after a backlash against his behavior in the third Test match against India in Sydney.
Pine’s captaincy has been questioned after India’s R Ashwin launched an ugly verbal molestation and Smith was accused of dishonesty after batting Rishabh Pant’s guard at the crease during a tense final day.
But a strange Langer was none of it.
“Do I trust Tim Paine?” You have no idea how much I believe in Pine, ”he said on a zoom call.
“There is no doubt about how he did not have his best day, but after three years he has barely put out one hair.
He said, “He has excelled as an Australian captain in everything.” They had a day of despair and we had to cut through some lethargy, of course.
Wicketkeeper Paine, who was guilty of giving up three catches on the final day, apologized and admitted that when Ashwin scored an unbeaten 39, Ashwin fell unconscious when he tried to ignore him.
Backing pine as captain
While supporting Pine to continue “for some time” as captain, Langer also acknowledged that being distracted from a higher level would be criticized if any team determined themselves now.
“When you set a standard as much as it does, and we do, we understand that when you fall down we criticize. It’s not what we’re about,” he said.
“But Tim is an outstanding leader and will remain so for some time to come. He has my 100 percent support. “
Footage of Smith, captain of Australia and banned for the year during the sandpaper scandal, suggested that he intentionally interfered with Pant’s batting guard.
Langer said, “For Steve Smith, I literally can’t believe some of the crap I’ve read – the full load of crap.”
He specifically targeted England greats Michael Vaughan and Darren Gough, joining him personally after criticizing Smith.
“On that wicket, it was flat, and it was like concrete, you would need 15-inch spikes to make an indent at the crease and it went nowhere near the crease.”