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‘The hardest day’s cricket I’ve ever had in my life’ - Tim Paine on Australia’s annihilation at Trent Bridge

Tim Paine admitted Australia’s record 242-run loss to England at Trent Bridge was the toughest day of his cricketing career.

cricket Updated: Jun 20, 2018 15:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Tim Paine,England vs Australia,Jonny Bairstow
Tim Paine’s Australia lost to England by 242 runs in the third ODI at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. (Action Images via Reuters)

Terming the loss to England at Nottingham the ‘hardest day of cricket I’ve ever had’, Australia captain Tim Paine hopes that his bowlers learn from the contest wherein the hosts set the new world record of highest ODI score.

Making an absolute mockery of an inexperienced Australian bowling attack, England piled up a mind-boggling 481 for six in their 50 overs at Trent Bridge.

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In reply, Australia were bowled out for 239 as England registered their highest-ever win in terms of runs over their arch-rivals.

Australia’s defeat by 242 runs is also their biggest loss in terms of runs.

The visitors are without their first choice pace attack — Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins — who are all recovering from respective injuries.

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The current bowling attack comprising Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson and Billy Stanlake has a combined bowling experience of 21 ODIs — a fact that has worked in England’s favour.

According to Cricbuzz, Paine told media after the game, ”We have a really inexperienced attack and we would be foolish not to go through it and learn from it. But the best place for these guys to learn is on the job. As bad as it seems and it feels right now, this can be a really big positive for us going forward, that we have gone through a day like this and the guys realise the sun comes up tomorrow and we get another crack at England in two days’ time.

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“It can be hard to stay on track and even the simplest plans can be forgotten. I was just trying to remain as calm as I possibly could with them. I know they are a really inexperienced attack and we just kept talking about what we could do and what we said we would do and trying to keep it calm and simple,” Paine added.

The wicketkeeper batsman gave credit to England batsmen for their splendid show.

“I’ve been playing cricket since I was a kid and that is the hardest day’s cricket I have ever had in my life. Everything we tried didn’t work, everything they tried came off. Normally that happens for an hour or two then you get a couple of wickets,” he said.

“But for it to happen as long as it did, you have to take your hat off. They struck the ball as well as I have ever seen. That was three or four guys having an absolute day out all at the same time,” he said,” Paine added.

The Australian captain also explained the rationale behind moving Aaron Finch — a seasoned opening batsman — in the middle order.

“Clearly we know what Aaron Finch can do at the top of the order and we have no issues with that. But we’ve had some issues as a team over a period of time which have been in that middle order, so we want to see Finchy there for a little bit to see if he’s a guy who can do it in the World Cup. It could change though. Looking forward, we have 12 months until the World Cup and we are looking at some options,” he added.

First Published: Jun 20, 2018 14:54 IST