Justin Langer says Australia expect abuse in England but must start rebuilding reputation

Justin Langer says Australia are out to rebuild their reputation in England this summer but expects to “cop it” from home fans, players and media alike.

Australia return to the international fray next month for the first time since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa that led to David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft all being banned.

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Darren Lehmann also stepped down as coach of the national team, and the trip to England will be Langer’s first since he was installed as his replacement.

Australia face England in five one-day internationals, starting on June 13, and a Twenty20 match after opening up their brief tour with warm-ups against Sussex and Middlesex.

Langer knows it will take time for Australia’s image to be restored but he is determined to make a start when he leads a suddenly inexperienced squad into battle.

“If we behave well on and off the field, then hopefully we will earn some respect back and some trust back,” he said.

“The Australian public obviously loves the Australian cricket team and there is more to it than just being good cricketers.

“It doesn’t matter how much money you have got or how many games or how many runs. If you’re not a good bloke — that’s what people remember.

“We should be so proud in Australia of what we have achieved in our past. We have got our way of doing things and we shouldn’t shy away from that.

“I am expecting to cop plenty from the crowds and the media but that’s England. Even when your are winning all the time and are squeaky clean, you still cop it.

“We will cop it just as much as usual. But that’s okay… will be a good learning experience for our young blokes and our experienced guys will help navigate that landscape.”

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