Paine calls on struggling Australia to deliver ‘complete package’

Cardiff, Jun 17 (AFP) Australia captain Tim Paine has said his side must deliver a “complete package” if they are to fight their way back into the one-day international series against England.
Yesterday’s 38-run loss in the second ODI in Cardiff left Australia 2-0 down in a five-match campaign against England, the world’s number one-ranked side in this format.
It was also world champions Australia’s sixth defeat in seven ODIs against England this year, a sequence that includes a 4-1 series loss Down Under in January.
Overall, it also represented a 13th loss from their last 15 matches at this level that have produced a result.
Australia arrived for this series against 2019 World Cup hosts England without several first-choice players.
Not only were former captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner, two of the world’s leading batsmen, ruled out with year-long bans imposed for their roles in the Cape Town ball-tampering fiasco in March, but Australia were also missing their injured Ashes-winning fast-bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Wednesday’s first ODI saw Australia’s batting fail in posting a meagre total of 214 before the bowlers, performing with huge credit, made England scrap their way to a three-wicket win at The Oval.