Despite suffering a humiliating 0-5 whitewash against England, Australia skipper Tim Paine believes his side’s chances at next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 shouldn’t be written off.Also Read - Tim Paine Assures England Cricketers Ahead of Tough Ashes Series
Five-time World Cup winners Australia have been going through what can be probably said as their worst limited-over form in the cricket history. The Aussies, once considered as ‘invincible’, have slumped to the sixth spot in the ICC ODI Team Rankings, their worst in 34 years. Also Read - Australia Test Captain Tim Paine to Undergo Surgery to Repair Pinched Nerve; May Miss Ashes
Australia’s ODI whitewash was followed by a 28-run defeat in the one-off T20I on Wednesday evening, with an explosive 84 from captain Aaron Finch not enough to snap his team’s losing streak. Also Read - Asghar Afghan Slams Tim Paine For “Boycott Afghanistan” Comments
However, Paine his confident his side can still prove a threat at the World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales next summer.
”We’ve got a number of players who weren’t in this squad who have played in and won World Cups,” Paine told Cricket Australia. Australia are scheduled to play another 16 ODIs before the first ball is bowled in the 2019 World Cup and Paine is hopeful his side can grow steadily over the next year and make an impact at the prestigious quadrennial event.
“We know we’re a long way off the mark at the moment but the World Cup is not for 12 months. We know when we get our best team on the park, when we’re playing our best cricket we’re going to be right in the thick of it,” the right-handed batsman said.
Meanwhile, coach Justin Langer has also believes the results on the England tour can’t be considered an accurate predictor of where his team would be in 12 months’ time.
“We talk about England now and they are playing brilliant cricket,” Langer said following Australia’s defeat at Edgbaston. “What I do know is we will learn lessons from how England are playing at the moment, but it is hard to compare us because we are at such a different stage of our journey,”he added.