Stokes' threat keeps Australian captain Paine awake at night
MANCHESTER: It's been nine days since Ben stokes hit a remarkable 135 not out to win the third test of the deadly spoils series in Headingley, and while preparing for the next installment, the captain of Australia Tim Paine He said thoughts of how to outwit England batter to keep him awake at night.
England were nine wickets down with 73 runs required before Stokes' swashbuckling innings almost single-handedly kept England in the series and denied Australia a win that would have ensured the tourists retained the deadly spoils .
Questions have been asked about Paine's decisions in the final decisive hours of that Test. But when asked if he fears Stokes' feat might affect his captaincy in the way Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff impacted previous Australian employers, Paine said his concern was more basic.
No, I haven't lost a lot of sleep thinking about my captaincy. But I lost some sleep thinking about how we are going to get it out, that's for sure, he said.
He is a class player, and he is very confident right now. It is going well. As I said, we have some plans for him, but we have to execute them a little better, he said.
Paine believed that roulette Nathan Lyon He has bothered Stokes on several occasions, but has urged his fielders to provide better support than in Headingley.
I think Nathan has really played well with him. He has created several opportunities every time he has played with him.
But the other side is that we have our chances when Nathan is playing with him. If we can do that, I think you can open the game through that middle order. The last two tests in particular, we have slightly disappointed Nathan with our filming, he said.
However, Paine criticized himself about the way the last test moved away from his side.
We made some mistakes, it happens. We approach it as a team and talk about it with sincerity. I was certainly one of those people who made mistakes. I would have done some things differently with my field locations, he said.
There were times when, looking back, it was obvious that he should have lifted the field and allowed Ben to hit a couple of limits so that we had more balls in the tailender (Jack Leach).
That is the main thing I would have done differently. It happens in cricket and we have advanced, learned from it, and we are ready for another great test match.