Tim Paine says new-look Australia will be no pushovers in England
Last Updated: 28/05/18 9:41am
Tim Paine says England cricket fans will see a better behaved Australian team during next month's limited overs series.
But that does not mean they can expect the World Cup holders to play with any less intensity.
Australia leave on Monday for the series in England, where they can expect a hostile reaction after being embroiled in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in late March. The sides will play five one-day matches and a Twenty20 international.
Skipper Paine and new coach Justin Langer have emphasised the importance of improving team culture and conduct, which has long been criticized as boorish and out of step with public expectations.
"Justin sat us down for a team meeting last week and spoke about the Australian cricket team's values, and what he expects," said Paine.
"It's nothing that's brand new, nothing the guys haven't heard before. It's purely about acting on what we know is the right thing to do and the right way to play our cricket.
"That has been a huge focus for us, has been around our actions, our behaviours and making sure we live up to the standards that the Australian cricket team should.
"We've had Spirit of Cricket documents, we've had Code of Conduct documents, but at the end of the day they mean nothing if you don't act on them and you don't live by them."
Despite their desire to paint a different picture in England, Paine says Australia are mindful of the 4-1 drubbing they suffered against Eoin Morgan's side earlier this year.
While Australia will be without batting mainstays Steve Smith and David Warner, who were suspended for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal, as well as injured fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, they are keen to send a message ahead of next year's World Cup.
"We're not going over there to make up the numbers or be the nicest Australian cricket team ever to play against," the wicketkeeper said.
"We're going to be really competitive, at the same time we're going to be really respectful, but we're going there to win."