PAK v AUS 2018: Tim Paine intent on improving Australia's reputation and goodwill 

Paine wants Australia to have a better culture and higher ethical values towards the game.

Tim Paine | Getty

Test Captain Tim Paine is armed with intent to try and improve Australia's reputation and goodwill in the eyes of the cricket watching public, during the upcoming two-match Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. 

Paine, who took over the reigns as a leader after Cricket Australia(CA) banned Steve Smith and David Warner for their involvement in the ugly ball-tampering incident, has been very vocal about the ambition of gaining back the lost respect and feels, Australia must improve its image and overall ethical values towards the game - which have been widely criticized ever since the end of that tour of South Africa. 

"We are certainly making some changes and it's something we are really serious about but we are also aware that we need to be playing a high level of cricket and winning games," Paine has been quoted saying on Fairfax Media, "We want to build a culture that makes people want to be better and produce not only better cricketers but better people." 

Paine further stressed, "If we can do that, that's the sort of environment people want to be involved in and that culture spreads really quickly through the team rather than having to try and sell your culture all the time -- just set that culture, live that culture, and guys that want to be involved will carry it through."

The first Test at Dubai starts on Sunday, October 7. 

(Inputs from India Today)


By Kashish Chadha - 06 Oct, 2018

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