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Aussies asked to mend ways

Melbourne: Australia’s cricketers have been warned about improving their behaviour following Darren Lehmann’s five-match ban over his racist outburst and several other incidents involving team mates.

Australia’s one-day captain Ricky Ponting said the players were told to start behaving better after a meeting with Australian Cricket Board chairman James Sutherland on Monday.

“A talking-to today from James won't hurt us at all,” Ponting said. “I suppose with Darren the other was just a bit of a wake-up for all of us, you are in the public eye all the time and you’ve got to be very careful what you say and what you do all of the time.

“You can’t let yourself slip up at all and we’ve just had a few slip-ups the last couple of weeks.”

Lehmann was suspended for five matches after being found guilty of breaching the sport’s strict Code of Conduct. He had been overheard making an offensive remark after being dismissed in a limited-overs match with Sri Lanka last week.

Earlier, Matthew Hayden was fined for smashing the glass door leading to the players’ changing room and Adam Gilchrist was reprimanded for swearing during the final Ashes Test.


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