Players from Australia and England will both be shaking hands with each other when the two teams line up for the start of the ODI series at the Oval on Wednesday after the Australian captain Tim Paine got his English counterpart to agree for the noble gesture regularly seen in Football.
Paine actually did it, when he was the interim captain in absence of Steve Smith, at Johannesburg during the Test tour of South Africa recently and wants to continue the trend as long as he is the captain.
Paine has been heard saying, "They [footballers] do that every game and I thought cricket is the gentleman's game. I spoke to our players about how it was something I wanted to bring in."
On Tuesday Paine said he would ask England captain.
"They don't have to do it, but it's something we want to bring in to start a series."
On Wednesday, Eoin Morgan agreed to it. Morgan ahead of the first match, said, "I'm absolutely happy with that. 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."
Tim Paine knows he has a huge task ahead of him but his first concern is to try and change the image of his team and the country when they play this sport. He further said, "We'll be judged solely on our actions going forward, We've spoken about internally about our values as a team and how we want to be perceived by the Australian public and by the cricket public in general. Words are words. Come Wednesday, it's time for us to act on those words and show it by actions."
(Inputs from Cricbuzz)