England “better side they kept” against New Zealand: Tim Paine

Joe Root went back after being dismissed in the second Test against New Zealand.© AFP



Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine on Monday said England were not in the strongest position in the series against New Zealand and that the Joe Root-led side will be different in this year’s Ashes. England lost the two-match Test series against New Zealand 0–1 after suffering an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of the Kiwis in the second Test at Edgbaston. “New Zealand are a good team. And secondly, I think if we’re being realistic, it’s really a different team that England field what we’re probably going to see in the Ashes. To put that in perspective It was definitely England’s strongest team,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Paine as saying.

“We know when they come here they’re going to take on Ben Stokes, there’s going to be Jofra Archer, they’re probably going to play a spinner, and some other guys especially all-rounders who really go both ways. Strengthen our team. We know England is better than them. So we will take a little bit from it but at the same time don’t read too much into it.”

Talking about his review of the series after the loss against India, Paine said: “We are all 100 percent behind Justin Langer and the work he is doing. At the end of the Indian series, our team’s There were reviews, which is a fairly common factor in professional sports. From Justin to our last player, everyone will get feedback they can improve upon.”

He said, “We will go to the Gold Coast in a few weeks and go deeper into it… We are trying to create an environment for people to give feedback. Obviously we didn’t play the way we wanted. India And we all want to improve from Justin to the bottom.”

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Earlier there were reports that some players in the Australian team were not happy with Langer’s coaching style and it was being said that Cricket Australia would talk to the head coach.

Australia’s next match will be against West Indies in three ODIs and five T20 Internationals.

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