Justin Langer said he aims to restore the pride of the Australia supporters after their nation’s embarrassing ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Langer took the reins after the 12-month suspensions of ex-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner as a result of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which also saw previous head coach Darren Lehmann resign.
Speaking to reporters in Brisbane as the team prepares for their five-match ODI series in England next month, Langer said they were aspiring to have an honest and professional culture in his team ethos.
‘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 his squad.
‘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 ball-tampering incident in South Africa.
The Australia coach is determined to help his side win back the support of the Australia public, but is aware that it may take some time.
‘If we behave well on and off the field, then hopefully we will earn some respect back and some trust back,’ he said.
‘The Australian public obviously loves the Australian cricket team and there is more to it than just being good cricketers.
‘We should be so proud in Australia of what we have achieved in our past. We have got our way of doing things and we shouldn’t shy away from that.’
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