Langer defends Australia's Old Trafford celebrations

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Steve Smith has been England's tormentor-in-chief in the ongoing Ashes series, which Australia have already retained after winning the fourth Test in Manchester on Sunday. Double hundred (211) at Old Trafford. We might see some changes through the winter but a few of the guys looked like they were trying to do the right thing and gutsed it out and did well on the at last day [at Old Trafford], so we've chose to give them another opportunity.

James Anderson was speaking on behalf of "The Test Experts" Specsavers, official Test partner of the England team, ahead of the final Test of the Specsavers Ashes at The Oval.

"He hasn't come under question from anyone making decisions", Bayliss said.

"I constantly talk to (coach) Justin Langer and (selector) Trevor Hohns about what might happen or how long I might go for, but I think we're all comfortable and we're all on the same page so it's all good".

Anderson, the most prolific seam bowler in Test history with 575 scalps, feels his fellow pacemen haven't enjoyed true home-ground advantage.

"From my point of view, he was our premier batter and the Australians always try and target the opposition captain".

"I'm quite happy with the selections".

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

Given a full series, the freakish Smith might well have been even closer to Don Bradman's mark of 974 runs for the most runs ever made in a Test series, set in 1930. Third Test, Australia could have won that, they could have won the first two as well. We've just got to accept that'.

'Their bowlers have just been pretty relentless, ' he said. "He is a talent, that's for sure, but obviously there are some challenges for him in the Test game and some challenges against this bowling attack".

Joe Root must inspire his troops to one last effort after a gruelling season in which England became world champions in the 50-over format for the first time.

"He sent me that pic, I woke up to that pic this morning, saying he'd done it in honour of me", Rogers said on The Grade Cricketer podcast.

If Stokes is unfit to bowl in London, he is expected to play as a specialist batsman, meaning either Sam Curran or Chris Woakes would come into the side and one of the struggling batsmen would make way, perhaps Jason Roy. I still love the game and still feel like I can offer something to this team. "When you compare the two the white-ball team had the biggest improvements".

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