Tim Paine backs Australia’s depth ahead of Ashes campaign in England

 foxsports.com.au  01/26/2019 23:12:16 

Paine admitted Australia still had a long way to go after their innings and 40-run win romp over an outclassed, sixth-ranked Sri Lanka in Brisbane - a venue that the hosts have not tasted a Test defeat since 1988.

When the dust settled on the brutal win, No.5 ranked Australia still did not boast a batsman who had notched a century this summer.

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'We're still not satisfied'

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And Pat Cummins had to rely on a bouncy Gabba deck to become the first Aussie bowler to record a maiden 10-wicket match haul this summer.

Yet Paine believed the portents were good for Australia’s Test outfit to clinch their first Ashes series win in the UK since 2001.

“There’s no doubt you have to have options to adapt to different conditions but what we are seeing over the last 12 months is that we have developed depth in all our areas before we go to England,” Paine said.

Indeed there were positives before the Ashes starts in August. New vice-captain Travis Head struck 84 in Australia’s firstinnings dig of 323 against Sri Lanka - the hosts’ highest individual score of the summer.

Tim Paine is excited by the depth of talent Australia is building for the Ashes.
Tim Paine is excited by the depth of talent Australia is building for the Ashes.Source: Getty Images

And maligned middle order batsman Marnus Labuschagne struck a career-high 81. Then there was the impressive debut of rookie West Australian quick Jhye Richardson who claimed match figures of 5-45 against Sri Lanka.

After enduring a 2-1 series loss to India, Paine is suddenly encouraged by Australia’s Ashes prospects before suspended skipper Steve Smith and deputy David Warner re-join the team in the wake of March’s ball-tampering scandal.

“When we go to England there are guys that are bowling well, the Chris Tremains, Dan Worrells and Peter Siddles who can swing the ball to complement Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson - and there’s James Pattinson,” Paine said.

Starc slump minor, says Paine

Starc slump minor, says Paine

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“And with our batting when Smith and Warner are back on the scene and a Cameron Bancroft, all of a sudden you’ve got a number of batters along with the way Marnus and Head are playing.

“Plus we’ve got Matt Renshaw and Will Pucovski on the scene as well, we are building a real depth of talent in all of our areas.

“And we’ve got (all-rounders) Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis as well so I think we are building quite nicely to having an all-rounded squad of 15 or 16 players in the next 12 months which is a great place to be.”

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