We're not touring England to be the nicest Australian cricket team but to win, says Tim Paine

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Australia’s Tim Paine
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Newly crowned Australian Captain Tim Paine has said that the Australian team is not touring England to be the nicest Australian cricket team to ever play against but to win the series.

Australia would be under a lot of scrutiny as the team travels to England this summer for a 5-match ODI series and one-off T20I. When the Aussies would set foot on the Kennington Oval in London for the first ODI on 13th of June, they would try to strike a balance between being competitive and respectful.

"We're going to be really competitive, at the same time we're going to be really respectful, but we're going there to win," said Tim Paine as the side prepared to fly to England.

It is expected to be a tough series for Australia as after the team lost Captain Steve Smith, Vice-captain David Warner and young opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, the team has been further depleted by the absence of their pace bowling troika. Each of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are nursing injuries and would not available for the limited overs series.

In a bid to restore the Aussie pride, both Coach Justin Langer and Captain Tim Paine have been emphasizing on the brand of cricket that they want to move forward with. Recently, Paine reiterated the same as he said:

"The thing Justin said the other day is we want the Australian cricket team to be heroes of young kids in Australia. We've had spirit of cricket documents, code of conduct documents, but at the end of the day they mean nothing if you don't act on them and don't live by them.

"That's been a huge focus for us, has been around our actions, our behaviours and making sure we live up to the standards that the Australian cricket team should," he added. "So we've spoken about it, but getting on a plane tonight now, we get to go over there and talk through our actions, which the guys are looking forward to."

"We're not going over there to make up the numbers or to be the nicest Australian cricket team to ever play against. We're going there to win. At the moment we haven't got too specific into things. We've got 10 or 12 days where we'll really nut things out about how our team sets up. I'm sure we'll try a few different combinations in the practice games leading into the first game.”

In the absence of several big names, the young Australian side will have to pull off something special to give England a tough fight.

ODI Squad

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

T20I squad

Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth and Kane Richardson

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