Brisbane: Australia's coach Justin Langer called the criticism 'rubbish, unrestrained and out of bounds', defending Steve Smith, who was under condemned for trying to remove Pant's batting guard (the mark at the crease) in the Sydney Test. Smith was seen trying to erase the batsman's guard during the drinks break in the first session on the last day of the drawn Test in Sydney. After the video went viral, it was criticized by cricket fans and former players including Michael Vaughan on social media.
Langer said, 'I can't believe the nonsense I've been reading about Steve Smith. sheer nonsense. Anyone who knows Steve knows that he keeps doing some fantastical actions and we laugh at him. ' He said, 'I have spoken privately and also publicly on how different he is. Whatever he does at the crease, it is because he only thinks about the game. '
The Australian coach said that Smith's conduct on and off the field has been good, with the return after the ball tampering episode. He said, 'If someone says that he was doing something wrong even for a millisecond then it is out of bounds. The wicket was flat and solid like concrete. 15-inch spikes are needed to do something on it and it has not even gone to the crease.
He said Smith had suffered a lot of humiliation when he returned after the ball-tampering episode, especially on the England tour but he never complained. He said, 'After returning from the ban, his conduct has been an example inside and outside the field. He answers with his bat. On the tour of England, he endured so much humiliation, as I have never seen, but he responded with the bat.