Justin Langer is determined to clear the air after the ball-tampering scandal.
Justin Langer is determined to clear the air after the ball-tampering scandal.

Langer’s early bid to bury ball-tampering demons

JUSTIN Langer's cricket blueprint will be laid out this weekend when Australia's one-day squad gather for a pre-tour camp in Brisbane.

Langer, for the first time as Australia coach, will address players as a collective to detail the on-field response to the ball-tampering scandal.

"We will get together as a group and sit down and I'm sure we'll outline a few things," wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey said on Wednesday.

"Obviously go over what has happened the last couple of months and with the new squad we have got, start fresh and get stuck into the UK tour.

"I have had a brief chat with Justin Langer and am just really looking forward to getting to know him, on the more of a personal level, and learn about the way he wants us to go about our cricket.

"We have seen with Western Australia's success and the people they are, they are obviously very respectful and hard-working on the field, and once you get off, they're really good guys."

Tim Paine will captain Australia in the one-day internationals and Aaron Finch will lead the T20 side, with Carey shocked to be his vice-captain.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey said he is looking forward to getting to know Langer at the pre-tour camp
Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey said he is looking forward to getting to know Langer at the pre-tour camp

"To get that phone call, I was obviously really surprised," Carey, who has played five T20s and one limited-overs game for his country, said.

"It's a really nice phone call to take at the time and now it's sinking in a little bit, it's exciting.

"Hopefully my game doesn't change too much, just keep doing what I have been doing.

"I think my leadership is more through my actions and leading by example and I will learn a lot off these senior guys, I'm sure."

The five-match one-day series starts on June 13 and offers the Australians valuable reconnaissance before the 50-over World Cup in England at the same time next year.

"It's a big focus this tour to hopefully getting a squad that might be together in 12 months time for the World Cup," Carey said.


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