Our top order didn’t get the job done: Paine

Our top order didn't get the job done: Paine

Tim Paine, captain of Australia: Certainly difficult. They bat very deep and I thought our bowlers bowled well. All the guys have played a bit of Big Bash and they’ve got good white ball skills. We couldn’t time well against their spinners and I thought our pacers bowled well. Our top four didn’t quite do the job for us. Maxi has been hitting the ball well in the nets and it is nice to see him translate that in this game. Our top 4-5 didn’t get the job done and when you’re defending such a total you won’t win many games.

Eoin Morgan, captain of England: Very pleased. The two spinners turned the game in our favour. They have done it many times in the past and it is no different today. He (Moeen Ali) always gives you an option. He is a bit like Ben Stokes, you throw him in any situation and he will come out trumps. The Scotland game kicked us into touch and helped us hone our skills. The big positive from today is that we were way off the mark with our batting but managed to win the game. Nice to bat with Joe today and get some momentum going. It’s more important that we won. He’s (Root) a genius and I see him and there’s nothing unachievable with him in the side. We would have liked to press on a bit more with the ball but really happy with the way things have gone.

Moeen Ali, Man of the Match: Always great. The most important thing is that we won the game. You need to understand the mindset of the batters a little bit. To be consistent and try and mix the pace and the length is the key. It’s always difficult when you bowl against some top class players, but you need to stick to your strengths. Obviously we won the game and that is the most important thing. One format to concentrate at the moment and happy with the way things are going.

Quick Score : AUS 214 (47.0 Ovs), ENG 218/7 (44.0 Ovs), England won by 3 wkts.

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