Tim Paine has refuted Jofra Archer’s claim that Australia panicked as Ben Stokes led England to victory at Headingley – but admits he made”mistakes” because the vacationers spurned the chance to retain the Ashes.
Australia had England nine wickets down with 73 runs needed in the next Test in Leeds but a combo of Stokes’ brilliant 135 not out, a dropped catch, a collapsed workout and wasted testimonials observed that the hosts pull off a remarkable win and keep the show alive.
Asked whether Australia had choked, skipper Paine, talking ahead of the fourth Test at Old Trafford, said:”No. I’ve addressed it previously. Jofra is entitled to his opinion – he’s had lots.
“We made some mistakes, it occurs – we’ve addressed it as a team and spoken about it frankly. I was one of those people who made mistakes, I’d have done a few things differently.
“There were instances, looking back , where it was evident I should have had up the field and allowed Ben to hit a couple of bounds so we had balls in the tailender (Jack Leach).
“That is the principal thing I would have done differently. It occurs in cricket and we’ve proceeded, learnt from it, and we’re prepared for another great Test match.”
Fast Mitchell Starc could be handed his very first appearance of the show by australia after he picked up seven wickets in the innings week thrashing of Derbyshire.
Starc Seems to be obsessed together with James Pattinson rested with Peter Siddle for the closing spot alongside Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins and is at a 12-man squad.
Usman Khawaja has been axed, though, after averaging 20.33 in the No 3 berth at the series so far, with a high score of 40.
On Starc’s chances of playing at Manchester, Paine stated:”They’re great. He is so he’s close. We’ll have another look in the wicket – hopefully it has a bit of pace within it and it looks pretty dry.
“Starcy bowled superbly last week at Derby. He has been working on obtaining his span very hard and we were very impressed.
“We all know what he could do to tail-end batters if he cranks up it. The boys are calling him’the mop’ for a few decades.
“He’s is a terrific choice for us. We think this wicket might suit him and, if we make that phone, we are convinced he’ll do a fantastic job.”
Paine added on Khawaja function as guy with Steve Smith fit to return following a concussion to miss out. “Usman is a key player but he has not scored the runs that he or we’d like.
“With Smith coming back it was a difficult decision to make on Usman.
“We still think he has got a lot of cricket left in him. He’s had an excellent Test record over his career and we all expect that he will bounce back very strongly.”
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