Touring captain Tim Paine has asked England counterpart Eoin Morgan if both sets of players can indulge in the football-style ritual, as part of the visitors’ charm offensive.
Morgan has agreed to the request, but the practice will only happen for Wednesday’s opening encounter of the five-match series.
“They don’t have to do it but it’s something we want to bring in at the start of a series, not before every game,” said Paine, of the handshake idea.
Captain Steve Smith and deputy Warner were banned for a year over the ball-tampering incident in March’s third Test against South Africa that shamed Australian cricket.
Cameron Bancroft – who doctored a ball with sandpaper amid South Africa’s 322-run win in Cape Town – was also banned for nine months by cricket Australia, with head coach Darren Lehmann also paying with his job.
Morgan confirmed England will agree to Australia’s request, with the hosts ready to help advance a positive view of the sport.
“I’m absolutely happy with that, it doesn’t bother me,” said Morgan.
“They are trying to turn around the image of the game in their country, and we’re all for that.
“We want cricket to be as popular as ever.”
Australia know they must build bridges across the cricketing world in order to repair reputations and trust.
New Australia coach Justin Langer has vowed his team will respect the line between banter and abuse in the series against England.
Former captain Adam Gilchrist has insisted it would be “business as usual” for Australia on the sledging front as soon as they come under pressure.
But new skipper Paine continues to insist Australia must prove they can turn over a new leaf, not just discuss it.
“I can’t talk about it any more to be honest, we’ve talked about what’s acceptable from our team and what people are saying from outside our team doesn’t really matter,” said Paine.
“Internally we know what’s right and what’s wrong, and that’s what counts.
“Again we’ve spoken about this a lot in the last few months; we are aware that words are just words. We’ll be judged solely on our actions going forward.
“It’s now about living our actions, we’ve spoken about internally about our values as a team and how we want to be perceived by the Australian public and by the cricket public in general.
“Words are words, come Wednesday, it’s time for us to act on those words and show it by actions.”
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8:30 pm – What cricket can learn from football World Cup
Cricket’s decision to restrict next year’s World Cup to ten teams is looking increasingly short-sighted, especially after Scotland’s famous win over England.
The football World Cup, meanwhile, will have teams from Iceland and Panama.
Here’s why cricket needs to take a leaf out of football’s book.
6:30 pm – Pakistan take on Scotland
Scotland sent shockwaves throughout the cricketing world as they defeated World No1 ODI side England by six runs in Edinburdg.
Now they have another opportunity to stun another top-ranked side – Pakistan – as the teams clash in a two-match T20 series.
Read all the talking points from the match here.
5:45 pm – Shami declared unfit
India pacer Moahmmed Shami was ruled out of the Afghanistan Test after failing to prove his fitness.
The Indian board announced that Shami had failed to reach the minimum standards required to play for India and named Delhi quick Navdeep Saini as his replacement.
Read the full story here.
3.04pm Wins for women’s and men’s Australian Aboriginal XI squads in Derby
The women crushed the National Cricket Conference by 137 runs while the men defeated hosts Derbyshire by 7 wickets with 17 balls to spare.
For full reports click HERE.
1.34pm: Sanju Samson dropped from India A squad for tour of England after reportedly failing Yo-Yo test
Samson, who was initially named in the squad, was left out at the last minute after reportedly failing the Yo-Yo test – an endurance-specific running workout, similar to the beep test, which monitors overall fitness.
According to a report by the Times of India, the 23-year-old fell some way short of the benchmark for the Yo-Yo test which has been set at the 16.1 mark.
To read more click HERE
Hugely disappointed with the reports coming out on sanju samson. Seriously can't believe that he failed Yo - Yo test. He's very fit probably fitter than many other in the squad but don't know what has happened. No official confirmation yet so hope it's a false information 😑— Sreenath Sreekumar (@cheta_sree) June 11, 2018
11.37am: Eoin Morgan not ‘hugely disappointed’ after England ODI defeat to Scotland
Morgan’s side went into the one-off one-day international as the number one-ranked ODI side in the world, but suffered a shock defeat for the first time in their history to Scotland.
For Scotland, it was a famous win and the greatest in their history having only recently failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in controversial circumstances and it served as a reminder for Morgan’s side, who are considered favourites for the tournament next year.
Read the full story HERE
10.02am: A new chapter for Australia as Justin Langer’s men prepare to take on old foes England
Eoin Morgan‘s side will play five matches in the space of 15 days against the tourists, who are back in action for the first time since the calamitous tour of South Africa earlier this year.
On Friday, there was another record broken as New Zealand’s women’s team posted the highest ODI total when they made a mammoth 490-4 against Ireland.
Kiwi skipper Suzie Bates was the chief-in-wrecker with 151 runs while she shared a first-wicket stand of 172. Madeline Green also made a century to pile more misery on the Irish from which they never really recovered from.
With that new mark, we look back at the highest team scores in each format.
Surrey 496-4 against Gloucestershire, April 2007
Fans at the Oval were left in awe of what they had seen as Surrey set a new world record for a 50-over game. Against Gloucestershire in the Friends Provident Trophy, the signs were already there when Ali Brown and James Benning put on an opening stand of 294. Brown went on to score 176 while Benning hit 152. The score was further boosted by Rikki Clarke’s unbeaten 82 off only 28 balls. In total, 22 sixes and 47 fours were struck during the Surrey innings. In reply, Gloucestershire were all out for 239.
England 443-5 against Pakistan, August 2016
Eoin Morgan’s men clinched their ODI series against Pakistan in some style at Trent Bridge. Momentum was already with the hosts after winning the first two encounters and that form continued in Nottingham. On his home ground, it was indeed home comforts for Alex Hales as the batsman stole the show with an extraordinary 171 runs (off 122 deliveries) while Jos Buttler made England’s fastest-ever fifty with 50 from 22 balls. At the end of their innings, the scoreboard read 443-3 with 59 boundaries scored by England. Pakistan were never really in the game despite scoring 275.
Australia 480-6 against Kenya, January 2002
The Australians could not have asked for a better start to their World Cup campaign as Craig Simmons and Shaun Marsh both scored centuries in a crushing 430-run win. The tournament favourites reached an imposing total of 480-6 with Simmons’ 155 coming from 115 deliveries including 11 sixes. Marsh, son of ex-Test opener Geoff hit 125 from 81 balls. Kenya were just nowhere near their target and were all out for 50.
Australia 209-4 against England, April 2018
It was only two months ago that Australia scored the most runs in a Twenty20 international innings and not only it came in a final, it was even more sweeter considering it came against their fierce rivals England. In the tri-series final in Mumbai, the Australians smashed 209-4 which was remarkable given they were 66-3 after eight overs. But captain Meg Lanning led from the front to hit 88 not out off 45 balls which included 16 fours and a six.
Elyse Villani then came onto the crease and was in blistering form with an unbeaten 55 off 30 balls. For England, nothing went according to plan and reached 152-9 in their 20 overs.
Australia 263-3 against Sri Lanka, 2016
Just like their female counterparts, the Australian’s men’s side are the current holders in the T20 format. Sri Lanka were the unfortunate victims and that too in their own back yard in Pallekele as Glenn Maxwell ran riot with the bat. The Australian smashed an unbeaten 145 from just 65 deliveries, hitting nine sixes and 14 fours. Ironically, they beat Sri Lanka’s 260 total set against Kenya, which was the format’s highest in 2007.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 263-5 against Pune Warriors, April 2013
It’s only ironic that Chris Gayle – one of the most destructive T20 batsmen is on this list with the West Indian lighting up the IPL for RCB with a record-breaking knock. His unbeaten 175 came off 66 deliveries as he took Pune’s bowlers to the cleaners by hitting 17 sixes and 13 fours to set 263-5. Not only was it the highest T20 individual score at the time, he also became the fastest player to score a century, reaching the 100 run mark off 30 deliveries.