Only pain Nee­sham shows is in de­feat

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MEL­BOURNE: The first thing that went through all-rounder Jimmy Nee­sham’s mind when he was struck by a Mitchell Starc bouncer was the words of from for­mer cap­tain Bren­don McCul­lum”show no pain”.

Nee­sham failed to pick up a 148kph de­liv­ery from the left-arm fast bowler in their sec­ond one day in­ter­na­tional in Can­berra on Tues­day and was hit on the right fore­arm.

The 26-year-old, out­wardly at least, showed lit­tle ef­fect of the blow and stared down Starc, who had come down the pitch to of­fer him some ‘ad­vice’, be­fore re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.

But the words of McCul­lum: ‘Not to flinch, show no pain. Even if you think it’s bro­ken’, were all he could think of, said Nee­sham, who scored 74 in the 116-run loss to Steve Smith’s side that se­cured the three-match series for the hosts with a game to spare.

“That’s some­thing you were taught very quickly un­der Baz’s cap­taincy, not to show much pain when that hap­pens,” Nee­sham told re­porters on Wed­nes­day. “Ob­vi­ously he’s still got a bit of that legacy hold­ing on there.”

The left-handed Nee­sham was on 57 at the time and said his big con­cern was whether he could con­tinue to bat as the vis­i­tors at­tempted to chase 379 for vic­tory af­ter David Warner top scored with 119 in Aus­tralia’s 378 for five.

“It was more see­ing whether I could hold the bat with the top hand. I gave it bit of a test and re­alised I might need cou­ple of min­utes to get feel­ing back in my hand,” said Nee­sham, who will have the arm ex­am­ined be­fore the fi­nal game in Mel­bourne on Fri­day.

“Bat­ting wasn’t all that easy af­ter that.” With the Chappell-Hadlee Tro­phy now lost, Nee­sham said the team had been given a dress­ing down by coach Mike Hes­son and cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson.

“Hess and Kane came out and made it pretty clear they weren’t all that happy with the per­for­mance and that’s fair enough,” Nee­sham said. “We know that’s not the sort of per­for­mances we want to be putting out on the park.”

Nee­sham added they would need to work on their bowl­ing at the back end of the in­nings, hav­ing con­ceded 126 runs in the fi­nal 10 overs at Manuka Oval. In the first game in Syd­ney, the bowlers con­ceded 113 runs in the fi­nal 10 overs. “We started quite well but go­ing for 170 odd in last 15 overs is not what you want from a team that have shown they have the skills to bowl well at the death.”

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