England agree to handshake as Aussies go on charm offensive

New Australian cricket coach Justin Langer impressed with rookie bowlers

England agree to handshake as Aussies go on charm offensive

"We won't be doing it in every game but it's a good show of sportsmanship before a series starts".

The pair fell within four overs of each other, with Jos Buttler dismissed in between, to give Australia a glimmer of hope but that soon faded and David Willey and Liam Plunkett saw England home with six overs to spare at the Oval.

Australian cricket coach Justin Langer has spoken of his devastation at the team's involvement in the ball-tampering scandal and the culture change he aims to instil ahead of their five-match ODI series against England.

But Paine concedes Australia must prove they are reformed characters.

Not only have former Australia captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner - two of the world's best one-day batsmen - been given year-long bans for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March - but Australia are also without their injured Ashes-winning fast-bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

Warner, who is serving a 12-month suspension following the sandpaper gate incident in South Africa, won't be travelling to the United Kingdom, with his role being as a TV analyst from a studio in Sydney.




"When that moment [the ball-tampering] happened, as a past player and lover of Australia, I almost died", Langer said.

NH: They were some very dark days in South Africa: tell us how a cricket team gets into that situation?

"This team will face some large hurdles over the course of the next 12 months just in rebuilding trust and confidence with the public supporting them, but in regards to missing a significant amount of first pick players". We know how we want to be perceived by the Australian public and cricket public in general.

"We've had a really strong winter, rounded our game, developed it and brought it forward a little bit more, which is great".

They'll do so with form on their side - despite Sunday's humbling defeat to Scotland - emphatically beating Australia 4-1 as recently as January after their Test debacle against the same opposition.

The Scotland defeat raised questions about the ability of England, who have never lifted the World Cup, to win "one-off" clashes but Jonny Bairstow said Morgan's men could handle everything that came with being top of the rankings. Yes, I can't wait to have him back playing, as a batsman in particular but he's also got a fantastic cricket brain, he loves the game and sets a really high standard for everyone else to follow.

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