The Australian captain Tim Paine opened up about his feelings about the record-breaking defeat in the third ODI against England at Trend Bridge on Tuesday. Australian skipper was heartbroken after the last defeat, he said that it was the "hardest day's cricket I've ever had in my life". Australia won the toss and elected to field first, England smashed the highest ever ODI total of 481/6 and then defeated the tourists for just 239 in 37 overs. It was the heaviest loss for Australia in ODI cricket as they lost the match by 242 runs and on the other hand it was England’s biggest win in the 50-over format.
Paine said after the game: "It was tough. I thought I had some headaches last game after about the 25th over when I got hit in the head but I had a few more out there today to be honest. "I've just said in the changing rooms, I've been playing cricket since I was a kid and that's the hardest day's cricket I've ever had in my life. "Everything we tried didn't work and everything they tried came off. Normally that happens for an hour or two and you get a couple of wickets but it happened for as long as it did. "You've got to take your hat off. They struck the ball as well as I've ever seen."
When asked about the decision to bowl first was a wrong decision, Paine instead chose to give credit to the Australian batting team. Paine further added, "I don't think the conditions or the wicket or what we did first had anything to do with that result. "We just ran into some guys that are absolutely red hot at the moment and yeah they put us to the sword a bit but certainly, from batting or bowling second, the wicket was still terrific when we batted on it as well. We just didn't execute so well with either."
With its spectacular performance in the series, England now have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series and with the next game in Durham on Friday, Paine said that they would do a bit experiment in the batting line up. Paine concluded: "The best place for these guys to learn is on the job. So as bad as it feels right now this can be a big positive for us going forward that we've gone through a day like this and the guys realise that the sun comes up tomorrow and we get another crack at it in two days' time."
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