Langer defends Australia's Old Trafford celebrations

I want to see him producing on the field and I want to see him winning matches for England with his bowling.

"Not at this stage, no".

In the 1930 Ashes series, Bradman had struck 974 runs, the highest ever by a cricketer in a Test series. I don't know whose brain spark it was to leave Woakes out of the Old Trafford Test, but they probably don't deserve to be a selector anymore, ' added Pietersen. "We've got to respect that, it takes a lot of time". But, from my side, I want to win.

"We'll work out who's going to have the most energy - and we've got plenty of skill there - the most energy to get the job done".

It was the first of seven Ashes tons during the streak, which has prompted enormous praise from greats Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting, plus captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer.

"He hasn't got the runs he'd like at the moment but I'm looking forward to it when he does".

Asked specifically about Cummins and Hazlewood, Langer admitted that the burden of a long tour was having an effect.

"Everyone in this room, around the world, has seen the great spirit the World Cup and this series is played in". They obviously didn't do anything today. "We know what a great player he is", Langer said.

"England will be feeling the same way, though".

"England are losing an Ashes series and he's only taken eight wickets at 30 in three Test matches".

"Whether you're doing well or not, you never want to become part of a problem".

The Australian camp immediately insisted that Smith was paying homage to Rogers, a former teammate and friend.

"No, not really, same as the bowlers ... let's hope he keeps loving it [hitting balls] in the next Test match", Langer said. I was touched anyway to have got a message from him.

"But after spending that much time in the middle and the emotions of the last game, sometimes with batters you just need, it's more a mental rest than anything else".

With 671 runs from three Tests, Smith has carried the Australian batting on his shoulders with some support from Labuschagne, who has an average of 58.2 in the series.

Pietersen also questioned the decision to play the inexperienced Craig Overton ahead of Woakes in Manchester, where Australia retained the Ashes title on the back of a 185-run victory.

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