Tim Paine, Eoin Morgan agree over pre-series handshake

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Newly appointed Australian captain Tim Paine is very much keen to continue with the ritual of pre-series handshakes between Australian and English teams. Tim Paine is very much keen that players from both teams should begin the series with the handshake as a goodwill to the game.

Tim Paine introduced the handshake practice during the 4th test between South Africa and Australia. As per Tim Paine, it was all part of bringing the change of positivity to the field, particularly after the ball-tampering scandal in the third test, which embarrassed Cricket Australia. To carry on the good practice, Tim Paine wants to start the Australia-England ODI series with the same. England have also agreed to commence the series on the positive note.

Tim Paine and Eoin Morgan have agreed upon pre-series handshake. (image source: theguardian.com via Philip Brown/Getty)

Tim Paine says he likes to start the series with the handshake

Speaking at the press conference ahead of the first ODI, Australian captain Tim Paine is keen to carry on with the practice.”It’s something I said in South Africa I would like to bring in to start a series. We won’t be doing it in every game but it’s a good show of sportsmanship before a series starts”, says Tim Paine ahead of first ODI of the 5-match series against England.

His idea of good practice is supported by England’s ODI captain Eoin Morgan who also believes that it will create the different environment for the game. “I am absolutely happy with that, it doesn’t bother me. 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. It’s important for the game to have a strong Australia side – we’re more than happy to shake hands if that creates a different image for people”, says Eoin Morgan ahead of the first game of the series at Kennington Oval, London.

Since the infamous ball-tampering scandal during the test series with South Africa, Cricket Australia is constantly pushing for bringing the change both on and off the field. Newly appointed coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine have said they want the Australian players to be more respectful towards the opponent while playing Australian brand of competitive and aggressive cricket.