Langer, however, stressed that "banter" would not be allowed to descend into "abuse", as captain Tim Paine promised Australia "won't be silent" during a five-match one-day global series.
His squad, after all, have arrived in England without their best two batsman - Steve Smith and David Warner, banned in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal - and with none of their big three bowlers either; Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are all missing through injury.
"In Australia sledging's a good thing: if I play Uno (a card game) with my daughter we sledge each other", Langer told a news conference at Lord's on Wednesday.
Paine, alongside Langer at Lord's, explained: "The thing we've spoken about is the difference between abuse and banter".
And yet, for all the focus on the merits, or otherwise, of sledging, it was another and far more damning word - "cheating" - that caused Australia's behaviour to hit the headlines in South Africa. "And when I play golf with my mum and dad we sort of sledge each other. There's no room for abuse anywhere".
"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. "So we will cope with that. That's okay that's part of the game, but I never abuse her and if she abuses me, that's trouble, you know?"
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"We won't be silent".
"We want to be more respectful but we don't think we are going to change the way we play in a really competitive spirit", he said.
"We have to create an environment with a great changing room and where the expectations are high", said Langer, who confirmed former captain Ricky Ponting will join Australia's coaching staff for their fixtures in England. We're going to be speaking, trying to put pressure on teams as we usually do. The captain added: "But it's up to me and Justin and our senior players to make sure that we stay on the side of banter and not abuse, because when I'm captain and Jason is coach that's not going to be acceptable". Paine described the upcoming one-day worldwide series is a chance to "show the cricketing world where we have made some changes", but then said that fixing the team culture did not need "huge changes", that it was just a matter of "crossing the Ts and dotting the Is on some things that had started to slip over a period of time". "We can put all the fanciest mission statements and values, we can have all the fanciest posters up on the wall but if you don't live them then they're like toilet paper, mate. They are written down, but unless you live them they're meaningless". "All culture is behaviour". "Abuse is no good - it doesn't matter if you're off the field or on the field, there's no room for it ever".
"Certainly, we're not going to be silent out of the field but there's got to be a respectful element to it".
"Ricky is one of the greats of the game, and since he was already in England doing some commentary we saw it as a great opportunity to have him join our team for this important series".