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‘Absolutely ludicrous’: Langer fires up at Vaughan over ‘out of line’ comments

Justin Langer has taken aim at two former England stars for questioning Steve Smith's integrity, slamming their criticism of the batting ace as "out of line".

Smith has come under fire for allegedly scuffing out Rishabh Pant's guard while shadow batting in the third Test.

Steve Smith’s national coach Justin Langer has sprung to the star batsman’s defence.Credit:Getty

"I spoke to Michael Vaughan as well, I thought he was out of line actually. You get it from (some of the critics), but I don’t expect it from (someone like Vaughan). I know he makes a living out of making those sorts of comments, but I thought he was out of line," Langer said on SEN radio station on Wednesday morning.

"Everything [said] about Steve Smith is absolutely ludicrous, we have a laugh that he's a bit quirky and a bit different, he shadow bats in the shower, all he thinks about is batting. He certainly consciously wasn't trying to do anything wrong.

"He was just standing there thinking about batting.

"He is 100 per cent innocent in this. He didn't do anything on the pitch. If you know anything about cricket the wicket was like concrete, he would’ve needed 15-inch spikes to make an indent, to do what people were accusing him of doing and trying to mess up Pant’s guard.

"Give me a break. I've never heard so much rubbish in my life."

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