Langer rubbishes claims that Steve Smith mocked Jack Leach by wearing glasses

Cummins (nine) and Hazlewood (six) combined for 15 wickets for the match at Headingley - and although the rotation policy used during the series could see Peter Siddle, James Pattinson or Michael Neser brought in, the coach is wary of losing his men in form. With the two teams set to play the fifth Test, the World No. 1 Test batsman will be on the verge of immortality, as he looks to smash Sir Don Bradman's 89-year-old record.

Smith, who returned from a one year ban, has made an immediate impact on global cricket, scoring a bucketful of runs to wrest back the top spot from Indian captain Virat Kohli.

Steve Smith, right with glasses on, celebrates with Nathan Lyon, left, after Australia claimed victory at Old Trafford to retain the Ashes.

Smith's recent rampage against England, which has featured 1501 runs at 136.45 from 13 consecutive innings, started with a match-winning 143 at the inner-city ground in 2015.

Smith opted against having a hit as Australia trained for the first time since retaining the urn in Manchester, a notable break with routine for someone renowned for marathon net sessions.

"Davey hasn't had a great series, there's no secrets about that", Langer said on Tuesday.

"Experience tells me that when you're doing well, people will try and pick holes in you", Langer said.

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"I've got a feeling he might hit a few balls tomorrow (Wednesday)".

"Let's hope he keeps loving it (batting) in the next Test". I was touched anyway to have got a message from him.

It has been 40 years since an Australian batsman has logged seven single-figure scores in a series.

"That celebration was two out of 10 to some of the ones I have seen because we knew we had to play three days later", he said.

"He probably hasn't been through this lean run before, so it's going to be a good test of his character. He hasn't got the runs he wants at the moment but jeez I'm looking forward to seeing it when he does, and there's no better place in the world to bat than The Oval".

"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.

The question of who makes up the Australian bowling attack at The Oval is a live one, according to Langer, who said Australia had not finalised its squad.

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