News International – England agree to handshake as Australia go on charm offensive

LONDON: Australia captain Tim Paine says his players will shake hands with their England rivals before Wednesday’s clash at The Oval as the tourists aim to heal the wounds of their recent ball-tampering scandal.

Summary

  • England agree to handshake as Australia go on charm offensiveLONDON: Australia captain Tim Paine says his players will shake hands with their England rivals before Wednesday’s clash at The Oval as the tourists aim to heal the wounds of their recent ball-tampering scandal.
  • Paine is on a charm offensive following the revelations of Australian cheating on their tour of South Africa in March.
  • England one-day captain Morgan has agreed to the request, but only for the opening game of the five-match series.
  • Australia skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were banned for a year over the ball-tampering incident in the third Test against South Africa, paving the way for Paine to take over the captaincy.
  • Morgan confirmed England will agree to Australia’s request, with the hosts ready to help advance a positive view of the game after such a torrid period.


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