There’s no doubt our reputation as a cricketing nation took a bit of a battering from South Africa,” Paine said on Wednesday (May 6), who returned to Lord’s after July 2010 when he made his Test debut. “That was really difficult for the players to come to terms with what had happened and what we’d done, but coming to England now, having a few new faces, new coach, just getting back into cricket is a great opportunity to move on and show the cricketing world where we have made some changes.
“They’re not huge changes that we’re making, just (tweaking) some things that had started to slip over a period of time,” he added.”If we want to come here and win the World Cup next year we have got to have really good depth, really good competition in Australian cricket so it’s really hard to get into the first XI,” Langer said. “It opens up some opportunities. It sounds like a cliche but that’s what we’re selling our players on: this is a great opportunity for us to build a team,” he added.
Australia will have three training sessions at Lord’s before two warm-up games against Sussex and Middlesex at Hove and Lord’s respectively before the first game of the series at the Kennington Oval in London on June 13.
“One of the first things we did was walk a slow lap together just to sort of soak it in, the history and tradition that come here,” Paine said. “We also had a mention of the World Cup final herein 12 monthsas, I suppose, a pipe dream for our guys to continue to work really hard towards,” he added.