ENG vs AUS 2018: We will not sledge Australia on Ball-Tampering scandal, says Eoin Morgan

Australia will play 5 ODI matches against England.

Steve Smith is having a tough time since his involvement in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa. (The Mirror)

England's captain Eoin Morgan has suggested that the team will not sledge Australia regarding their ball-tampering scandal when they play against Australia in the upcoming ODI  series. 

Australia has an interim captain, Tim Paine who will be leading the Australian side against England for this series as Steve Smith and David Warner are suspended until the next March.

"We play our cricket pretty hard, positively and aggressively, so we'll continue to do that," the captain of England said.

Newly appointed captain of Australia has introduced a handshake to which Eoin Morgan's team is very happy to show a 'mark of respect'.

The England skipper told BBC Sports,  "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." 

When asking Morgan about the ball-tampering scandal, he said  "No. It probably could be ammunition (for them). It will be service as usual."

Despite David Warner and Steve Smith missing out, Australia's bowling department is also injured and hence they will be also missing out from the 5 ODI Match series.

The last time both the nations played against each other, England comfortably won the series by 4-1.

Australia has won both the warm-up matches against Sussex and Middlesex, the captain of the team said,  "It's not so much creating a brand new culture, we know how to behave as men, but at times we've let ourselves down with a few little things."

England had recently lost the one-off ODI match against Scotland by 6 runs. The home had given a target of 371 runs to which England fell short off 6 runs.

Eoin Morgan had a few thoughts to it, "We need to expose some of our weaknesses in order to be in contention for the World Cup this time next year.

"It was really difficult to stop them scoring. Looking back at our bowling we probably missed our lines and lengths a little bit so we want to adjust that and we will have to be better against a strong Australian team."

England squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.


By Kunal Kataria - 13 Jun, 2018

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