Paine puts the onus on batsmen
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).