England vs Australia ODI, LIVE scorecard: Can Eoin Morgan’s side pile more misery on new-look tourists after ball tampering scandal?
- Australia are in England for a five-match one-day series, starting Wednesday
- The two sides clash in the first of five ODIs at the Oval, which begins at 1pm BST
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England and Australia renew their rivalry at the Oval on Wednesday in the first of five One-Day internationals.
The tourists will kick-start their post ball-tampering charm offensive with handshakes all-round in the two sides’ first meeting since the Ashes.
Australia will bid to heal wounds from March’s ball-tampering scandal by employing the football-style ritual of both set of players shaking hands before play.
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 David 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 resigning soon after despite being cleared of any involvement.
Morgan confirmed England will agree to Australia’s request, 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.’