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Paine: Don't write us off at the World Cup!

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Tim Paine confident Australia can be a force at CWC19

Australia captain Tim Paine believes his side’s chances at next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 shouldn’t be written off following a 5-0 series defeat to England.

Five-time World Cup winners Australia have slipped to 6th place in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings after their recent whitewash by England.

However, Paine is confident his side can still prove a threat at the ICC Cricket World Cup 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.

“Cricket Australia as an organisation knows what it takes and whilst I’ve heard a few times this team looks like it hasn’t got a plan or doesn’t know where it’s going, we’ve got a clear direction, we know where we’re going.

'We’ve got a clear direction, we know where we’re going' - Tim Paine
'We’ve got a clear direction, we know where we’re going' - Tim Paine

“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.

With just under 12 months to go until the first game at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Paine is hopeful his side can grow steadily over the next year and make an impact.

“There was a lot of guys who were extremely tired at the end of the Ashes,” he added. England had a massive changeover of players after the Tests and we went in with very much the same cattle and guys were pretty tired. We didn’t play well in that series either.

“Before that, there was a series in India and they’re never easy to win for anyone, particularly over there. But this organisation and a number of people in it have peaked at the right time, a number of times. I think we’re going to build slowly to try and do that again.”

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