New Aussie Test skipper Tim Paine calls for the ball-tampering trio to be ‘a bit more respectful of our opposition and the game’.
Paine confirmed to a group of reporters in Hobart on Thursday that David Warner hasn’t been ostracised by the Australian Test squad.
‘Certainly, the week in South Africa was very difficult and everyone said that, but guys in that team get along well and David is a respected member of that team and always has been. For as long as I’ve been around the team, he’s been really well-liked and really well-received by his teammates. Within our team, he’s someone with that energy and that competitiveness who we love playing with,’ said Paine.
‘All three [Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft] are certainly going to be welcomed back into our team, if they’re prepared to toe the line with our new brand of cricket, which I know they will. I know they’ll all do the right thing and score enough runs to be back in our side and they’ll certainly be welcomed back.’
Paine has committed his team to a fresh approach that will exclude sledging and other unsportsmanlike behaviours that have seemed to be an integral part of the makeup of Australia’s Test sides for the past three decades. Paine added that new Aussie coach Justin Langer was behind his captain in terms of this new direction.
‘Justin and I are certainly on the same page with the way we want it to look. There’s just going to be a fine line between being still a really competitive, hard, Australian cricket team and being able to be a bit more respectful of our opposition and the game,’ added Paine.