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27th-May-2018

Australia aim to be world's most professional team: Langer

By AFP, Sydney


Australia is striving to be the most professional and honest team in world cricket, coach Justin Langer said
Saturday 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.
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.