The Age – With the English revelling in Australia’s ignominy, the banter is set to follow the team in their first overseas assignment since the ball tampering scandal in South Africa.


  • The Australians, who lost game one to England by three wickets, included only two players from the Newlands Test – captain Paine and Shaun Marsh.
  • Paine, in his first tour as full-time captain, suggested his players had not been aware of any ribbing from the crowd.
  • His absence meant it was the first time in 35 years Australia have fielded a team without a player based in NSW.
  • Australia’s second-string attack made the world No.1 side work hard for their win with skipper Eoin Morgan and Test captain Joe Root striking half-centuries to deny Paine’s new-look team.
  • It all comes down to your top five batters in one-day cricket.”

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