Eng­land agree to hand­shake as Aus­tralia go on charm of­fen­sive

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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.

Paine is on a charm of­fen­sive fol­low­ing the rev­e­la­tions of Aus­tralian cheat­ing on their tour of South Africa in March.

Ahead of Aus­tralia's one-day in­ter­na­tional meet­ing with Eng­land — their first com­pet­i­tive match since the scan­dal­rid­den tour — Paine asked Eoin Mor­gan if the teams could have a pre-match hand­shake on the field.

Eng­land one-day cap­tain Mor­gan has agreed to the re­quest, but only for the open­ing game 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," Paine said on Tues­day.

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.

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