Australia will strive to become world's most professional and honest team, says head coach Justin Langer

Justin Langer recently took the reins during a time of crisis after the 12-month suspensions of ex-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner over the scandal which also saw previous coach Darren Lehmann quit.

PTI, May 26, 2018 14:42:04 IST

Sydney: Australia is striving to be the most professional and honest team in world cricket, coach Justin Langer said as the squad prepares for its first international tour following a damaging ball-tampering scandal.

The former opener recently took the reins during a time of crisis after the 12-month suspensions of ex-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner over the scandal which also saw previous coach Darren Lehmann quit.

Justin Langer. Getty Images

Justin Langer. Getty Images

Speaking to reporters in Brisbane as the team readies for a five-match one-day international series in England next month, Langer said they were aspiring to a culture of world-best professionalism, honesty and humility.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have got or how many games or how many runs. If you're not a good bloke — that's what people remember," Langer said he recently told the group.

"Our mateship is really important. Sticking together is really important — that's all of us in the Australian cricket team."

The England tour is Australia's first since the tampering incident during the disastrous South Africa visit in April.

The new head coach said he expected to "cop plenty" from the English crowds and media but his team would look to block it out and concentrate on cricket.

He has vowed to win back the respect of the Australian public but cautioned it would take time and be measured by player behaviour.

"If we behave well on and off the field, then hopefully we will earn some respect back and some trust back," he said.

"The Australian public obviously loves the Australian cricket team and there is more to it than just being good cricketers."

The former opener said the team would not be "mimicking" the styles of other international teams as they try to improve their one-day record. "We should be so proud in Australia of what we have achieved in our past. We have got our way of doing things and we shouldn't shy away from that," he said.

Australia will kick off the England ODI series on June 13 at the Oval in London. The tour will also include a one-off T20 match.

Updated Date: May 26, 2018 14:42:32 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
Australia 6 5 1 0 10
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 6 4 2 0 8
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Bangladesh 6 2 3 1 5
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 6 0 6 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254