Tuesday’s ODI between England and Australia at Trent Bridge will be remembered for a long time by both sides for contrasting reasons. For England, it was the pure ecstasy of registering their biggest ODI win after amassing a world record total of 481-6. For Australia, it was the ignominy of suffering a 242-run loss, their biggest in history is well.
Post the incredulous thrashing, Australia skipper Tim Paine described it as the ‘worst day’ of his life.
“It’s tough. I thought I had some headaches in Cardiff after 25 overs when I got hit in the head, I had a few more out there today to be honest,” Paine sad in the post-match press conference.
“I’ve been playing cricket since I was a kid, it was the hardest day of cricket that I’ve ever had in my life.”
Captaining Australia in ODI cricket for only the third time, the wicketkeeper-batsman had attributed the heavy loss to simply a bad day in the office for the Aussies coupled with multiple English batsmen playing blinders.
“I don’t think that the conditions or the wicket, or what we did first had anything to do with that result. We just ran into some guys who are absolutely red hot at the moment, they put us to the sword a bit,” he stated.
“Everything we tried didn’t work and everything that they tried came off,” Paine added.
Australia came into the series with a relatively inexperienced pace attack after resting the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Paine believes the trio of Billy Stanlake, Andrew Tye and Jhy Richardson will learn a lot from their experience on Tuesday.
“They played some incredible shots but at the same time, we have some inexperienced attack, so we’d be foolish not to look at it and learn from it,” he said.
Despite the record loss, Paine believes that the match could turn out to be a positive for Australian cricket in the end.
“The best place for these guys to learn is on the job. As bad as it seems as right now it will be a big positive for us going forward, that we’ve gone through a day like this and they’ve realised that the sun comes up tomorrow and we’ll have another crack at it in two days’ time,” he explained.
With Tuesday’s record win, the hosts have sealed the five-match ODI series after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead. The two sides will meet again for the fourth ODI at Chester-le-Street on Thursday.
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