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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.

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