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Justin Langer: It will take Australia one million behaviours to win back respect

Justin Langer speaks to the media in Melbourne
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Just before Australia’s tour of England, Head Coach Justin Langer said it will take Australia one million behaviours to win back respect.

After Darren Lehmann stepped down as the Australian Head coach in the aftermath of the ball-tampering controversy, taking moral responsibility for the scandal, new Coach Justin Langer has a lot of work to do.

In a bid to ameliorate the team culture and get the core values in place, Langer came up with a message for the Australian team ahead of their limited overs tour of England.

"We've got to aim to be No. 1 in professionalism in the world, we've got to be No. 1 in honesty, that's a really important value, and we've got to be No. 1 in humility. It doesn't matter how much money you've got, or how many games or how many runs, if you're not a good bloke, that's what people remember. So humility is important. Our mateship is really important, sticking together. So they'd be the main values at this stage.

"When I had the first selection meeting the other day and I saw you take those three names out, it's a bit of a shock to the system, and it's not even a cliche, but it's a very good opportunity for some blokes. It'll be great for us in the future to make sure our depth is strong," Langer said.

The 47-year-old feels that the Australian players will have a tough time dealing with the English crowd, especially after what recently happened in South Africa.

 "Expecting to cop plenty from the crowds and the media, but that's England. Even if you're winning all the time and you're squeaky clean you still cop it, so I'd say we'll cop it just as much as usual, but that's ok.

"It won't take one tour or one year. It will take one behaviour, one thousand behaviours, one million behaviours to win back respect. If we behave well on and off the field, we will earn some trust and respect back. The Australian public loves the Australian cricket team but there is more to it than just being good cricketers," the West Australian noted.

Australia are scheduled to tour England this summer for a 5-match ODI series and one-off T20I. The Aussies will play a couple of warm up one-day matches against Sussex and Middlesex on 7th June and 9th June respectively. The first ODI will be played on 13th June at the Kennington Oval in London.

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