20 Jun 2018

Australian captain suffers toughest day of his cricketing career

10:52 am on 20 June 2018

A crestfallen Tim Paine admitted Australia's record 242-run defeat to England at Trent Bridge was the toughest day of his cricketing career.

Australian cricket captain Tim Paine talks to his team.

Australian cricket captain Tim Paine talks to his team. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

After his bowlers were smashed for a record-breaking total of 481 for 6 from 50 overs, Paine then saw his batting line-up bowled out for 239 to hand England an unassailable 3-0 series lead.

The defeat was Australia's worst in 915 ODIs stemming back to 1971 and usurping the 206-run loss to New Zealand 32 years ago.

Paine used eight bowlers in an effort to stem the tide of runs, with Alex Hales (147), Jonny Bairstow (129) and Jason Roy (82) setting the platform a mammoth total at the ground where the Test side were bowled out for 60 before lunch on their last visit three years ago.

AJ Tye went wicketless for 100 runs from nine overs with Jhye Richardson the pick of the bowlers with unflattering figures of 3-92.

"I've been playing cricket since I was a kid and that is the hardest day's cricket of my life," Paine said.

"Everything we tried didn't work and everything they tried came off.

"Normally that happens for an hour or two and you get a wicket.

To go on for as long as we did ... you have to take your hat off to them, they hit the ball as well I have seen."

Australian bowler Andrew Tye.

Australian bowler Andrew Tye. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Paine said he had no regrets about putting England in to bat after winning the toss and denied that was a reason for the heavy defeat.

"Hindsight is a wonderful thing," he said.

"I don't think conditions or the wicket had anything to do with that result.

"We just ran into some guys that are red-hot at the moment and they put us to the sword a bit.

"The wicket was still terrific when we batted on it as well. We just didn't execute well.

"It was tough, I thought I had a few headaches after being hit on the head in the last game at around the 25 over mark but I had a few more today to be honest."