Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Handshakes to kick off series at The Oval

Handshakes to kick off series at The Oval

Australia is on tour of England for five-match ODI series and one T20I. Warner will join the commentary panel for the second game of the 5-match ODI series in Cardiff on June 16.

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.

This was Australia's first worldwide series since their tour of South Africa saw former captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner - two of the world's leading batsmen - given year-long bans by Cricket Australia for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal during the third Test in Cape Town in March. "It's important for the game to have a strong Australia side - we're more than happy to shake hands if that creates a different image for people".

Cameron Bancroft, who doctored a ball with sandpaper during South Africa's win in Cape Town, was also banned for nine months by Cricket Australia. "We want cricket to be as popular as ever". Paine admits matters beyond the advertising boards are out of their control, but reminds his players they can affect how they are perceived as individuals and a team by going about their work on the field in the right way.

New Australia boss Justin Langer has vowed his team will respect the line between banter and abuse in the series against England. Sky says its cricket viewing experience will allow fans at home to have a view of the matches that rivals the umpire's. "We'll be judged exclusively on our actions going forward".

Morgan insists England will not use the ball-tampering scandal as ammunition for sledging, however.

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In a sign that Australia meant to be more respectful towards their opponents, the teams were due to shake hands before the start of play at Paine's request. "But words are words and on Wednesday we have to show them in our actions".

England too will be looking to get back to winning ways after they suffered a shock six-run defeat at the hands of Scotland recently.

Morgan said his players must learn from that embarrassing result in Edinburgh when they face Australia.

"I'm expecting a tough series".

Off-spinner Moeen Ali, the man-of-the-match, took three for 43 in 10 overs and leg-spinner Adil Rashid two for 36 after Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss.

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