ENG v AUS 2018: Tim Paine terms the Trent Bridge ODI humiliation as ‘hardest day of cricket’ in his life

ENG v AUS 2018: Tim Paine terms the Trent Bridge ODI humiliation as ‘hardest day of cricket’ in his life

England batsmen pulverised the Australia bowling attack to post 481/6 in 50 overs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.

Jonny Bairstow scored his second hundred in the ongoing ODI series against Australia in Nottingham | Getty

England batsmen hammered the Australian bowling attack to all parts of the ground in Nottingham on Tuesday (June 19). After being put into bat, England’s top three comprised of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales scored big knocks to post a record-shattering total of 481 in 50 overs.

While Bairstow (139 runs off 92 balls) and Hales (147 off 92 balls) notched up their sixth ODI centuries, Roy played a blistering knock of 82 runs in just 61 balls. Eventually, England thrashed the old enemy by 242 runs to clinch the ODI series with two games to spare.

Speaking after the match, Australia skipper Tim Paine has termed the annihilating defeat at Trent Bridge as the "hardest day of cricket” in his life.

"It’s tough. I thought I had some headaches in Cardiff after 25 overs (last Saturday) when I hit my head, but I had a few more out there today to be honest. 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,” Paine quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

"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. 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 further said.

In reply, Australia crumbled in front of Adil Rashid’s leg-spin and were bundled out for 239 in 37 overs. Rashid scalped 4 for 47 in his 10 overs. Travis Head was the top scorer for Australia with 51.

Paine said the team would learn from this humiliating defeat, particularly his inexperienced bowling unit.

"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,” he remarked.

"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," the Australian captain added.

Paine himself is in his third ODI after being shouldered with the responsibility to lead the side post the ball-tampering scandal.

"When we are out there it’s all about staying as calm and as clear as possible. And that can be really difficult for a bowler when you are getting smacked around the ground and the crowd is going berserk. It can be hard to stay on track and even the simplest plans can be forgotten,” he said.

"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. When those players are putting you under pressure it doesn't matter who you are, you can lose your line and length and we certainly did at times. Our bowlers kept running in and our fielding energy and stuff like that was really good for 50 overs,” Paine concluded.

The fourth ODI between England and Australia will be played at the Chester-le-Street on Thursday (June 21).


By Salman Anjum - 20 Jun, 2018

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