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Australia coach Justin Langer defends Steve Smith, Tim Paine after third Test controversies

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Australia coach Justin Langer has defended his players over “rubbish” criticism following the drawn third Test against India.

Captain Tim Paine and former skipper Steve Smith were both in the firing line as a result of their on-field antics on the final day of a dramatic third Test as a battered and bruised Indian side salvaged a draw at the SCG.

Paine was heavily criticised after some aggressive sledging towards Indian veteran Ravichandaran Ashwin, whose dogged 39…



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