Qantas Tour of England - ODIs

Paine cops nasty blow, takes screamer

Australia captain receives treatment after being struck in the face by the ball while 'keeping, before recovering to take a terrific one-handed grab

Dave Middleton at Sophia Gardens

16 June 2018, 11:55 PM AEST

Paine cops nasty blow, takes screamer

Australia captain Tim Paine bravely carried on after being struck in the face, then pulled off a remarkable catch in a stunning passage of play in the second ODI against England.

Paine had been hit by an Andrew Tye delivery that bounced awkwardly in front of the gloveman, leaving him bleeding on the Sophia Gardens outfield during England’s innings in Cardiff.

Tye's slower ball slipped down the leg side and reared up to catch Paine flush on the face as he moved to his left towards the delivery.

Tim Paine reacts after being hit in the face // Getty
Tim Paine reacts after being hit in the face // Getty

There was immediate concern as Paine slumped face down on the turf and players waved to the dressing room, but Australia's captain quickly picked himself up.

He spat out blood, and appeared to have a busted lip as he was checked over by Bupa Support Team Doctor John Orchard.

Later in the same over, Paine reacted brilliantly to catch an inside edge from Jason Roy's bat to give Tye his first wicket.

Tye bowled a cross-seam delivery that did just enough off the surface to clip the bottom of Roy's bat and Paine reacted superbly to change direction and hold the catch in his left glove.

Roy departed for 120, his fifth ODI century, that left England in a strong position at 4-239 after 36 overs.

It was a strong response from Tye, who had struggled in wet and windy conditions at Cardiff, and with the wicket his six overs had gone for 51 runs. 

Qantas tours of England and Zimbabwe

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, Ben Stokes (injured), David Willey, Chris Woakes (injured), Mark Wood

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

Qantas Tour of England

June 7: Australia beat Sussex by 57 runs at Hove

June 9: Australia beat Middlesex by 101 runs at Lord's

June 13: England won by three wickets at The Oval

June 16: Second ODI, Cardiff

June 19: Third ODI, Trent Bridge (D/N)

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