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Paine Shows Off Basketball Skills by Nailing Half-Court Shot

Cricketnext Staff |May 28, 2019, 3:56 PM IST
Paine Shows Off Basketball Skills by Nailing Half-Court Shot

As the Australian cricket ODI team gear up for the ICC World Cup 2019, Test skipper Tim Paine – who isn’t a part of the limited overs sides – was busy showing off his basketball skills.

Paine, who took over the reins of the side after Steve Smith & David Warner were handed year-long bans as a fallout of the ball-tampering scandal, nailed a particularly hard skill on the basketball court.

Asked to attempt a half-court shot, Paine managed to get the ball into the basket on his first attempt, displaying a bit of skill that even most pros would be proud of.

Australia, who won the World Cup in 2015, are among the favourites to win it again after a sudden resurgence in ODI cricket.

After losing a three-match ODI series at home against India 2-1, they pulled off a spectacular turnaround when they toured India, coming from 2-0 down to win the five-match ODI series 3-2.

They then went on to whitewash Pakistan 5-0 in UAE and have won both their warm-up games against England and Sri Lanka ahead of the tournament.

The Aaron Finch-led side will begin their quest to retain their title when they take on Afghanistan on Saturday (June 1).

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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