Aussies to adopt mark of respect for England ODI series

Ian McCullough

England and Australia will line up and shake hands before the start of Wednesday's ODI series at The Oval after Eoin Morgan accepted the request from Tim Paine.

Paine, who will be skippering Australia for the first time since being given the role on a permanent basis, did something similar before the fourth Test against South Africa in March.

That move came after the ball-tampering incident in Cape Town and Paine wants the start of his first series to get off on the right foot as Australia start to re-build their tattered reputation.

"It's something I said in South Africa I would like to bring in to start a series," Paine said.

"We won't be doing it in every game but it's a good show of sportsmanship before a series starts."

Paine denied the move was a PR stunt and said although his team will steer clear of personal abuse of opponents, they will maintain an aggressive streak in their play.

"We've spoken about all of this over the last few months, and we are aware that words are only words," he said.

Paine is keen to adopt pre-game handshakes for Australia's ODI series against England. Pic: Getty

"We'll be judged on our actions going forward and it'll be plain for everyone to see.

"We've spoken our values and how we want to be perceived by the Australian public and the cricket public in general. But words are words and on Wednesday we have to show them in our actions."

Englans skipper Morgan said he had no hesitation in agreeing to the request from his Australian counterpart with the teams to line up and shake hands before the playing of the national anthems at a sold out Oval

"I am absolutely happy with that, it doesn't bother me," Morgan said.

"They are trying to turn around the image of the game in their country and we are all for that.

"We want cricket to be as popular as ever."

Australia are yet to finalise their team but England will welcome back Jos Buttler with Sam Billings dropping out of the side following Sunday's shock loss to Scotland in Edinburgh.