Paine seeks to fix Australia's image with pre-series handshakes


It looked as if England, who went into the match as the number one-ranked side in ODI cricket, might chase that down while opener Jonny Bairstow was making 105 and later on during an eighth-wicket stand of 71 between Moeen Ali (46) and Liam Plunkett (47 not out).

Though Paine is lacking five first-team players and Australia have lost 11 of their last 12 completed one-day internationals away from home, he and the new head coach, Justin Langer, are hoping the hunger of fringe players desperate to force their way into the plans for next year's World Cup comes to the fore here.

England move on to the Oval next where they open a five-match series against Australia on Wednesday, and Morgan felt the shock defeat at the Grange would serve as the ideal warm-up for his players.

England are due to play Australia in a five-match ODI series starting from Wednesday and despite Australia missing key performers, England have lessons to learn from their loss to Scotland.

"A one-off game like this, to bring your best game is very hard to do, they played well and deserved the result", said Morgan.

At the time, Paine said: "They [footballers] do that every game and I thought cricket is the gentleman's game".

"You could say maybe [the squad is weakened] slightly without that 150kph Mitchell Starc coming in, but you have another 150kph in Billy Stanlake. if you take out 100 one-day wickets or whatever Starcy has, it will change things a little bit, but it's a great chance for Billy to show his stuff, bowl 150ks and hopefully rip through them".

"The level of expectation has been high around the team for a while, it doesn't get higher than being number one in the world".

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It is barely three months since they were at a low ebb after seeing their World Cup dreams dashed by bad weather and an umpiring call, rubbing salt into the wounds after the ICC chose to cut the number of participating nations at next year's tournament. "I think it's an astounding appointment", said Stefanovic.

"If the ICC and other global teams look at this game they will see we are not an add on".

His appointment to the commentary box was met with disbelief by many Australian cricket fans, but veteran presenter Tim Gilbert has backed the move.

A combination of a controversial umpiring decision - with no review system in place - and rain saw them just miss out in the qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe. "That is the bigger shop window rather than personal side of it", said MacLeod.

There were many interested observers of the scenes at The Grange on Sunday and a group of them were in London on a day off before their final preparations for the one-day series against England.

"If the ICC and other worldwide teams look at this game they will see we are not an add on".

"We didn't do enough to win, if we had won it would have been a bonus from where we were". It would be nice to play a few more games like this.