Hard to give judgement based on one session’s performance: Paine


Australian captain Tim Paine though dismissed the subsequent naysaying over the overall long-form batting credentials around the country and also warned that Pakistan's decision to read a lot into the fringe batsmen's failures against the pink-ball would come at their own peril, Cricbuzz reports.

"To judge the whole Australian batting group on what's happened in one session in Perth is a little bit harsh. I think we've made some really good strides in hard conditions in England. We've unearthed some really good quality cricketers and then Steven Smith and David Warner, we've got some really good quality back in our side. So I saw that Pakistan are smelling blood in the water or whatever they said. What happened in Perth has nothing to do with what's going to happen in Gabba. We start from scratch," the Test captain said in Adelaide a few hours after the squad was announced in Perth. He even drew comparisons with the infamous loss that his team suffered in Headingley and hos they bounced back from Ben Stokes's freakish heroics.

"It's the same with the Headingley Test, momentum and all these words really don't matter. It's all square at the Gabba next week and we start again," he added.

"I think a number of guys in this team have scored hundreds this summer in the last 2-3 games. Again we look at one innings, the pink-ball game, which they haven't played with for a long time in difficult light. It's a challenge you don't get that often and those guys haven't practiced it for more than 12 months.