Paine puts the onus on bats­men

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT - — Rus­sell Gould

CRICKET: Australian cap­tain Tim Paine has backed his bowlers to trou­ble Eng­land in Cardiff af­ter an open­ing game loss at The Oval.

But the new Aussie skip­per also knows his bats­men need to find a way to com­bat spin and post a num­ber to de­fend af­ter the tour­ing top five failed to fire in the three-wicket loss.

Eng­land cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan de­clared he sensed a weak­ness among the tour­ing side against his slow bowl­ing op­tions and used Moeen Ali in just the eighth over.

Only Glenn Maxwell, who pow­ered to 62, showed any re­sis­tance to the spin­ners who bowled 19 overs in a row, dur­ing which Aus­tralia lost 4-78.

“It’s some­thing the whole group has been work­ing on and some­thing we speak about a lot, about try­ing to im­prove go­ing in to a World Cup year,” Paine said post-match.

“It’s a work in progress. We know we haven’t been fan­tas­tic at it but we are train­ing re­ally hard at it and if we can get some set bat­ters in (when the spin bowlers start) ... it would make a big dif­fer­ence.

“You don’t win too many one day games when the high­est score out of your top five is 24 runs.”

Play­ing their first in­ter­na­tional cricket in Eng­land, Billy Stan­lake (2-44), AJ Tye (2-42) and first-gamer Michael Neser (2-46) were the stand­out per­form­ers as they did their best to keep the home team at bay.

“That at­tack is re­ally ex­cit­ing,” Payne said.

“I’ve said be­fore in the leadup that while they are in­ex­pe­ri­enced at in­ter­na­tional level, they have played a lot of Big Bash and all the bowlers we have got here have a lot of dif­fer­ent skills and vari­a­tion in their bowl­ing,” Paine said.

“We are re­ally con­fi­dent that if we get enough runs they will cre­ate enough chances for us to win games of cricket.”

The sec­ond match of the five-game se­ries will be played at Cardiff to­mor­row night (AEST).

PHOTO: GETTY

Tim Paine.

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