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England, Australia ODI series begins today

16 June 2018

Paine is on a charm offensive following the revelations of Australian cheating on their tour of South Africa in March.

They were cruising to victory during a stand of 115 between Test captain Joe Root (50) and one-day skipper Eoin Morgan (69) under the floodlights.

Australia will hope Ashton Agar to provide a degree of control in the field following three straight ODI series losses and the spinner was keen they take advantage of any uncertainty among the England side following their defeat by a Scotland side who are 13th in the ODI rankings.

The ball-tampering saga against South Africa saw skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft banned and ultimately led to the resignation of coach Darren Lehmann.

Morgan has agreed to the request, but the practice will only happen for Wednesday's opening encounter of the five-match series.

"I'm absolutely happy with that, it doesn't bother me", said Morgan.

"The two spinners, when they came on, it really did turn the game in our favour", he added. "We want cricket to be as popular as ever".

New Australia boss Justin Langer has vowed his team will respect the line between banter and abuse in the series against England.

"Australia are always one of the toughest countries you play and they won't be any different here".

"The batsman brings his expertise and insight developed over years of top-flight cricket to Nine's broadcast team", it said.

"Internally, we know what is right and what is wrong and that's what counts".

"We've spoken about all of this over the last few months, and we are aware that words are only words", he said.

"We will be judged exclusively on our actions".

Banned test cricketer and former vice captain of the Australian team, David Warner, has been signed by Nine to join the commentary team for the upcoming second one-day global (ODI) against England on Saturday June 16.

Paine had chose to begin a new chapter in the Australian cricket after it was hit hard by the ball-tampering scandal.

Asked if England would use the incident in sledging, Morgan said: "No". We play our cricket pretty hard, positively, aggressively, so we'll continue to do that.

The punishment means he can not hold any leadership position in the team for the rest of his career, but does allow him to play in overseas domestic leagues and Australian Premier Cricket - senior inter-club or district cricket competitions in each of Australia's states and territories.

England, Australia ODI series begins today