Qantas Tour of England - ODIs
'The hardest day of cricket I've ever had'
Australia's skipper reflects on his decision to bowl first and what his young side can learn from their record loss
Dave Middleton at Trent Bridge
20 June 2018, 08:07 AM AEST
Captain Tim Paine says Australia's Trent Bridge shellacking was the "hardest day of cricket I've ever had in my life" as England rampaged to a record-breaking victory.
England set a new world record for the highest ever ODI score as they powered their way to 6-481 on the back of centuries to Alex Hales (147) and Jonny Bairstow (139).
In response, Travis Head's 51 was the top score as Australia were bowled out for 239 in 37 overs on a wicket custom-made for run scoring.
Paine said the team would use the bitter taste of defeat that consigned this XI to one-day ignominy as motivation and a learning experience, particularly for a young and highly inexperienced bowling unit.
The front-line bowlers Australia fielded here at Trent Bridge had a grand total of just 21 games of ODI experience between them.
Andrew Tye and Ashton Agar have played seven each, Billy Stanlake four and Jhye Richardson three. Paine used eight bowlers – only Travis Head, Shaun Marsh and the wicketkeeper himself didn't bowl.
Tye's nine wicketless overs conceded 100 runs while Agar was the most economical of the front-line attack, with 1-70 from 10.
"We have a really inexperienced attack and we would be foolish not to go through it and learn from it," Paine said after Australia succumbed to a 242-run hiding.
"But the best place for these guys to learn is on the job.
"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."
Paine himself is in just his third ODI as Australia skipper, and has now played 33 in total.
"When we are out there it’s all about staying as calm and as clear as possible," he said.
"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.
"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.
"As I said, the best place for these guys to learn is out in the middle and we'd be foolish not to learn anything from today.
"No doubt we'll talk about it at length and get some things out of it."
Australia have a long bus ride north to Newcastle on Wednesday, with the fourth ODI to be played at Durham's Chester-le-Street venue on Thursday.
They have plenty to ponder after Bairstow hit his fourth ODI ton in his last six innings.
Hales accepts he would be the man dropped when Ben Stokes is fit enough to return to the side, and captain Eoin Morgan hit a 21-ball fifty to set a new England record for the fastest to the mark.
"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," Paine reflected.
"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.
"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."
The numbers make grim reading for the Australians; they've lost 16 of their past 18 ODIs, four bilateral ODI series on the bounce for the first time ever, and have slumped to sixth on the world rankings.
Australia's only victory was before a ball was bowled when Paine won the coin toss, only to opt to bowl first although he admitted that decision made no difference to the end result.
"Hindsight is a wonderful thing but I don’t think the conditions or the wicket or what we did first had anything to do with that result," said Paine.
"We just ran in to some guys who are absolutely red-hot at the moment and they put us to the sword a bit.
"Certainly, through batting or bowling first or second, the wicket was still terrific when we batted, we just didn’t execute well with either."
Qantas tours of the UK and Zimbabwe
Australia ODI squad: Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Mark Wood
Australia T20 squad: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth
England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey
Qantas Tour of the UK
June 16: England won by 38 runs in Cardiff
June 21: Fourth ODI, Durham (D/N)
June 24: Fifth ODI, Old Trafford
June 27: Only T20, Edgbaston (D/N)
Qantas T20I tri-series Tour of Zimbabwe
July 1: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
July 2: Pakistan vs Australia
July 3: Australia vs Zimbabwe
July 4: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
July 5: Pakistan vs Australia
July 6: Australia vs Zimbabwe
July 8: Final