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Ashes 2023: Tim Paine not happy with the misuse of short ball by Australian pacers | Cricket News


Former Australian skipper Tim Paine was unhappy with Australia’s bounce strategy in the ongoing Ashes. “The thing I’ve found frustrating is our use of the bouncer in this series,” Paine said on SEN Tassie Breakfast.

The wicket-keeper batter felt that bowling bouncers to Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett would have given better results. “For two reasons – because they’ll take it on, firstly. Zak Crawley I don’t think is a great player of the short ball,” He said.

He further added, “But also, when you plant the seed of a short ball to an opening batter, he’s not going to be coming forward as much, then that opens up Mitch Starc’s ability to pitch up, swing it down the line and hit pads and stumps.”

He also was critical of Australia being all or nothing with bouncer strategy. “For me, we’ve either been all-in on the bouncer and bowling it every ball with the field out, or we haven’t used it all. I’d like to see just a little bit more of a balance with it because I think it’s a key weapon for all of our bowlers with the pace they bowl at.”

Speaking of the decision to bowl by skipper Pat Cummins on Thursday at Oval Paine said, “It ended up working out really well. If you bowl a team out for 283 before Day 1 and you’re in 1-61, you’d take that as a massive tick.”

“After they were 3-180 and teetering on Harry Brook and Moeen Ali taking the game away from us in that middle session. The real turning point was Moeen Ali hurting this groin and then slogging and basically gave us a wicket which allowed ‘Starcy’ to come back on and knock over Stokes with one of the great balls from a big fast bowler.” he added.





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