England agree to handshake as Australia go on charm offensive

Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik were involved in a match-winning partnership

Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik were involved in a match-winning partnership

"Hopefully we will learn going into Wednesday's game [against Australia at The Oval]".

Justin Langer, Australia's new coach, met questions about team culture head on before the series, promising that his team would continue to sledge - just as he does playing cards against his daughter - but clarifying "there is a difference between banter and abuse".

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. We can't rest on our laurels.

They are all made more unsafe by the fact England bat deep enough for Adil Rashid - who averages 20.40 - to often play at No.10.

The No. 13 side, Scotland, coming off heartbreak at the World Cup qualifiers produced a world-class performance to defeat the top-ranked England in a nail-bitter at Edinburgh on Sunday.

England beat Australia 4-1 away from home a matter of months ago, and recently rose to No. 1 in the rankings (not that it helped them a jot against Scotland).

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation Of Bishop Juan Barros Over Chilean Abuse Scandal
Now 87 and living in a nursing home in Chile, Karadima has always denied any wrongdoing. Victims accused Barros of having witnessed the abuse but doing nothing to stop it.

And few in the line-up can now boast the confidence of the wicketkeeper, reinstated into the Test team for last month's Pakistan series after an eye-catching period in the IPL.

Cricket Advisor, Kim Barnett said: "We're delighted to be working with Cricket Scotland and to have Calum, Safyaan and Grant on board for our Vitality Blast campaign".

It was their first game since cruelly being denied a place at next year's World Cup in England and the significance of the result, with so much to prove for the team, was not lost on Coetzer who admitted it was their biggest win in the sport.

"Any time you're scoring runs, it gives you confidence, so my red-ball scoring can definitely translate into the white-ball stuff".

"Like I said the other day, we missed our length and line a little bit and with the bat we didn't play as good a cricket as we would have liked". The Australian vice-captain has averaged 87.50 in ODI cricket across the past 12 months and passed 50 in five of his six innings (three 100s, two 50s) in that time. I still look up to the way he bowls though I may be ahead of him for this game, but you never know how it may pan out.

"I try to keep a very similar mental state - that's something I've been working on", he added. It would be nice to play a few more games like this.

Latest News