New player charter will be about restoring Australia’s image: Tim Paine
Tim Paine is determined to win back the Australian public's faith. @Getty

As Cricket Australia (CA) prepares to put in place a formal template for its cricketers to follow as it seeks to rebuild the image tarnished by the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa, the Test and OD captain Tim Paine has revealed a major focal point.

Speaking to Fairfax Media, Paine stressed on the fact that the team charter, which runs separately to CA’s code of conduct, will be about representing Australia the country and what responsibilities come with that.

“It’s going to be how we go about it, how we want to be seen and what we are about. I know a few of the key messages coming out of it so far are that – we are Australia’s team,” said Paine. “That’s really important. We are the lucky ones that get to represent our country and pull on that baggy green cap, which is a huge privilege. I think we have to go back to that and just remember that we are Australia’s team – we are not the Australian cricket team. We don’t own it. We are just here for the ride and it’s important that we leave that team in a better place to when we went into it.

“That’s a very important theme that we want to start to get out there – that we are Australia’s team. That’s one of the things that is really important to us that, that we make Australians proud.”

Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner are serving bans for their role in ball-tampering.
Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner are serving bans for their role in ball-tampering.

On Wednesday, a CA board meeting is expected to listen to findings of two reports on the health of Australian cricket – one focusing on the culture of the board and the other of the wellbeing of the team. For Paine and Australia coach Justin Langer, restoring the faith of the Australian public was tantamount.

“I know Justin and myself are taking this very seriously. We want to build a culture that makes people want to be better and produce not only better cricketers but better people,” said Paine.  ”If we can do that, that’s the sort of environment people want to be involved in and that culture spreads really quickly through the team rather than having to try and sell your culture all the time – just set that culture, live that culture, and guys that want to be involved will carry it through.”

For Paine, the fact that the charter will depend heavily in player input and governance, and that the Australian cricket team will be held to account by their own peers, was a positive.

“It started a while ago and it’s something that we are still working on at the moment. We are confident that we will get it right and will start to develop great Australian cricket again and have a team that all Australians can be proud of,” he said.