X

Tuesday 26
March

Cricket

Paine reveals need for banned pair

30th December 2018, 12:18 by James Mason

Test captain Tim Paine says Australia have felt the full brunt of losing suspended duo David Warner and Steve Smith.

Smith and Warner were both involved in the ball-tampering incident in the third Test match against South Africa in Cape Town back in March and the duo were handed one-year bans, whilst Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

Australia have suffered since the fallout and their relatively inexperienced Test batting line-up struggled once again as they lost to India in Melbourne by 137 runs, with no top-order batsman passing 50.

With Smith and Warner's bans expiring in March, skipper Paine admits his side are missing the duo's experience and quality.

"I think it's inexperience, it's pressure. India's bowling attack is probably as good as most of us have ever played," he was quoted as saying by cricket365. "I think it's pretty clear that if you take two or three of the best players out of anyone's line-up around the world, you're going to struggle a little bit at times and you are going to have inconsistent performances.

"The silver lining is that we do have world-class players that are available soon to come back into this side, and clearly when they do they will make a huge difference."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

More Cricket

Cricket

Warne takes aim at Ashwin

26th March 2019, 00:55

Aussie legend Shane Warne has blasted Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin following the controversial dismissal of Jos Buttler.

Cricket

Buttler left fuming after 'Mankad' in Royals loss

25th March 2019, 19:10

Jos Buttler's controversial dismissal sparked a collapse that saw Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

Cricket

Hales highlights three dangerous teams for England

25th March 2019, 16:14

Alex Hales admits England are favourites to win the World Cup but says Pakistan, India and Australia will provide stiff opposition.

Cricket

Cooley welcomed back by Langer

25th March 2019, 13:16

Coach Justin Langer has welcomed the return of Troy Cooley as Australian bowling coach for their defence of the Ashes in the summer.

Cricket

South Africa whitewash Sri Lanka in T20 series

24th March 2019, 18:55

South Africa sealed a 3-0 whitewash in their Twenty20 series with Sri Lanka in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Cricket

Warner makes impressive IPL comeback

24th March 2019, 17:15

David Warner struck 85 on his Indian Premier League return but his Sunrisers Hyderabad side still suffered a six-wicket defeat.

Recent Sport Headlines

Bayern Munich

Bayern reject Real midfielder deal

26th March 2019, 06:09

Bayern Munich have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, but are not interested in a deal, reports say.

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund want Guingamp winger

26th March 2019, 06:09

Borussia Dortmund are keeping tabs on Guingamp winger Marcus Thuram, who is impressing in Lique 1 this season.

Barcelona

Liverpool defender wanted by Barca

26th March 2019, 06:09

Barcelona are ready to offer Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno a two-year deal and hijack Lazio's attempt to sign him.

Paris Saint Germain

Rivals join PSG in midfielder race

26th March 2019, 05:41

Paris Saint-Germain could miss out on Ander Herrera as Arsenal have entered the race to sign the Manchester United star

Burnley

Pope linked with Cherries

26th March 2019, 05:25

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is a target for Bournemouth, who will launch a £12million bid in the summer, reports claim.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth keen on keeper swoop

26th March 2019, 05:15

Bournemouth are ready to launch a £12million bid to sign Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope in the summer.

Newcastle United

Newcastle set for China tournament

26th March 2019, 04:50

Newcastle will compete for the Premier League Asia Trophy along with four Premier League rivals in China this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs keen on Inter winger

26th March 2019, 04:08

Tottenham continue to show an interest in Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic with a view to a summer swoop.